Sacraments - Baptism

Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice from heaven: You are my beloved Child, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” 

Mark 1:10

Jesus was baptized and taught his Apostles to do likewise. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons and daughters of God. In Baptism, we become members of the Body of Christ as we are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission. Children and Adults are welcomed to become members of the Body of Christ through Baptism. Non-infant Baptism is coordinated through the OCIA program. (See Adult Baptism) Many people have questions about baptizing their baby. We can’t wait to welcome your child into the life of Christ and our Church Community through Baptism. (See Infant Baptism).

Infant Baptism


Are there requirements for the parents?
Yes. At least one parent must be a practicing Catholic. Parents must participate in our baptism preparation program, regardless of having a child previously baptized. Once parents have completed that baptism preparation program you will be able to schedule the baptism date.

Do parents need to be members of the parish?
No, you do not need to be members of the parish. However, if you are not registered at Incarnation-St. James you must bring a letter from the pastor of your parish granting permission for the baptism to be celebrated and registered at Incarnation-St. James Parish.

When are Baptisms held?
Baptisms are held at the mutual agreement of the family and parish. Special dates can be accommodated depending on the availability of the deacons or priest and the parish calendar.

Are there requirements for the godparents?
Yes.  At least one of the godparents must be a practicing Catholic. One godparent must present a sponsor letter from their parish at least one week prior to the baptism. Click Here for an eligibility certificate form.

How old can a godparent be?
All godparents must be 16 years of age or older.

Can there be more than 2 godparents?
No, there can only be 2 official godparents. Godparents are a godmother and godfather.  There cannot be two godmothers or two godfathers.  A family can also just have one godparent.

What if a godparent is out of town and cannot make the baptism?
You can have a godparent by proxy.

Adult Baptism through OCIA

If you are interested in becoming a Catholic (been baptized) or received into full reception (you have been baptized but not confirmed), please reach out the parish office (609) 882-2860. The program formerly known as RCIA is now known as OCIA - Order of Christian Initiation of Adults.