What is Baptism?

Baptism, from the Greek word baptisma which means a “dipping” is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation. It is the sacrament in which by water and the power of the Holy Spirit a person is cleansed of all sin, including original sin, and experiences birth into the new life of Christ.

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit” –  Matthew 28:19

Baptism of Children Ages 0-6

Do you have a new addition to your family? Congratulations! We look forward to welcoming the newest member of our parish family.

Baptisms are generally celebrated:
Saturday at 12:00 pm in Msgr. Purick Hall
Sunday at 2:00 pm in Church*

*Baptisms are celebrated in Spanish on the first Sunday of the month.

To begin the process of having a child baptized (infant – 6 years of age) at The Parish of Saint Patrick, please contact the Rectory at 631-665-4911.

Baptism of Children Ages 7-17

Once a child has reached the age of 7 they are considered, by the Catholic Church, to be of the age of reason. Canon 97.2 defines an “infant” as one who has not yet reached his seventh year. That is because once a child reaches the age of seven, he is presumed to have the use of reason, and is then considered capable of personal responsibility for his actions.

This means if you have a child age 7 or older, they will need preparation for receiving the Sacrament of Baptism. For information on the Parish Religious Education Program, please call 631-665-4914.

Adult Baptism (18 and above)

Adults who desire to become fully initiation Catholics that are not baptized take part in the process known as RCIA. Please contact the Rectory Office at 631-665-4911 for more information.