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The sacrament of baptism ushers us into the divine life, cleanses us from sin, and initiates us as members of the Christian community. It is the foundation for the sacramental life.

At baptism, the presider prays over the water:

Father, look now with love upon your Church, and unseal for her the fountain of baptism. By the power of the Holy Spirit give to this water the grace of your Son, so that in the sacrament of baptism all those whom you have created in your likeness may be cleansed from sin and rise to a new birth of innocence by water and the Holy Spirit. (Christian Initiation of Adults, #222A)

Freed from Sin

Baptism frees us from the bondage of original and actual sin. Water is poured in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Today, the sacrament of baptism is often performed on infants, shortly after birth. Adult baptisms take place at the Easter Vigil through the restored Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Adults or children who have been baptized in a valid Christian church are not baptized again in the Catholic church. As we say in the Nicene Creed, “I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins…”

The Catechism teaches:
"The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ" (CCC 1279).

Baptismal Symbols

  • Water – The waters of baptism recall Jesus’ own baptism by John the Baptist in the river Jordan. Water is a symbol of cleansing and renewal as we begin a new life in Christ. We are washed clean of sin.
  • Oil – At baptism we are anointed into the life of Christ as “priest, prophet and king.” A cross is traced on the candidate’s forehead as a reminder that we are inheritors of the Kingdom of God.
  • Light – The baptismal candle is lit from the Paschal or Easter candle that stands in the church as a sign of Christ’s light in the world. At baptism, we receive the light of Christ and are called forth to share this light with the world.
  • White garment – The white garment that is placed upon us at baptism is a symbol of Christ’s victory over death and his glorious resurrection. Likewise, the white garment or pall that is placed over the coffin at the time of death recalls our baptismal promises and reminds us that we are destined for eternal life.

While in ordinary circumstances, sacraments in the Catholic Church are administered validly by a member of the ordained clergy, in an emergency situation, the sacrament of baptism can be administered by anyone.

In case of necessity, any person can baptize provided that he have the intention of doing that which the Church does and provided that he pour water on the candidates head while saying: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (CCC 1284).

The Catholic Church has set age 7 as the age of reason and therefore defines "infancy" as younger than 7 years old. Once a child has reached the age of reason, the focus of preparation begins to shift toward the child developing a personal understanding of the Sacrament of Baptism and the other sacraments. Before seven, the focus is upon the parents who have chosen baptism on behalf of the infant.

To have your child baptized at St. Clare of Assisi Parish you need to be a participating member of the Catholic Church. We need to be able to get to know you and see that you are ready to take on the duties of Catholic parents and godparents. Thus we ask that you register in the parish at least 3 months before the infant baptism and attend Mass regularly so that we can provide you with adequate faith formation and complete the steps toward baptism. You will need to fulfill the requirements of the Diocese of Phoenix and St. Clare Parish. Call the office as soon as possible to make arrangements for your child's baptism. Baptisms are held the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, except during Lent.

Read more..... Infant Baptism Information from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix


Once a person has reached the age of reason they are prepared to receive the sacraments with their consent and knowledge. Anyone who is seven years of age or older falls into the group of adult faith formation but is formed according to their age group. If you are interested in "adult" sacraments, please contact the Director of Faith Formation, Brian Guillot. Read more on our pages about becoming Catholic.

Find out more about The Catechism of the Catholic Church

Sacramental Policies in the Diocese of Phoenix for Preparing Children and Parents

Infant Baptism Coordinator for applications, forms and scheduling:
Ginnie Hebert, in the parish office: 623-546-3444


Parent Interviews and Infant Baptism Preparation Class Presentations:
These are done by either of two deacons.
Arrange appointments by calling our parish office, 623-546-3444

Deacon Dave Opsahl

Deacon Mike Pirylis









Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. (John 3:5)


For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church's way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.

Please call the office at 623-546-3444 for more information.

Call 3 months prior so you can prepare. Please call the office at 623-546-3444 for more information.


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