A baptism may be scheduled following preparation classes. Call the parish office at 218-822-4040 to register for classes. Baptisms can be scheduled once preparation sessions are completed and all paperwork, including sponsor/godparent forms, are completed and returned to the parish office. Baptisms are normally held the first or third Sunday of each month. Exceptions can only be approved by speaking to the Pastor. Please take the opportunity to carefully read our baptism guidelines in order to facilitate your celebration.
What is Baptism? Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word."
For more information, please contact us at the parish offices at St. Francis (218) 822-4040 or St. Andrew's (218) 829-1340.
For a more detailed look at Catholic understanding of baptism, see the relevant sections of the Catechism of the Catholic Church! http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p2s2c1a1.htm
BAPTISMAL PREPARATION PROGRAM! The parishes here in Brainerd are offer a half-day retreat format for Baptismal Preparation. Our sessions are generally held the second Saturday every other month, from 9am to 1pm at St. Andrew's Church (1108 Willow St.; Brainerd). Simply call the parish office (218-822-4040) to register for the preparation retreat. There is no cost to you, but registration is required.
If you are planning to have your child baptized in the next few months, please contact the parish office to register. We are using a program called Reborn and are excited about what it offers for you as parents and godparents. Here's a bit more about the program we are using:
Reborn explores the deeply personal power of Baptism, bringing to light the spiritual reality for parents and godparents and, most importantly, the child being baptized. Rendered with a cinematic beauty that's become the hallmark of the Augustine Institute's film productions, Reborn presents the foundation of the Church's teaching on Baptism, with a step-by-step explanation of the rite itself, including its profound place in Scripture and Tradition. To learn even more, visit the website by clicking here: Reborn