St. Mary, Our Lady of the Snows


While we believe that human life is infused with the sacramental goodness of God, the Catholic Church has defined seven sacraments - instituted by and through the life of Jesus Christ. It is through the experience of the sacramental ritual that we are infused with God’s grace. The Sacraments nourish and strengthen us as they express and build up our faith.

Baptism of an InfantThe 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.

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)

Baptisms are generally celebrated on the third Sunday of the month after the 12:00 noon mass. Please check the Parish Calendar as scheduling may be adjusted for holidays. Parents who wish to have their child baptized should contact the Parish Office to register. Parents and Godparents are required to attend a baptismal class prior to the sacrament.  The baptismal class is usually scheduled the second Tuesday of the month prior to the scheduled baptism.  The 2021 Baptism schedule is as follows:

Baptism Class Baptism
September 14 September 19
October 12 October 17
November 9 November 21
December 14 December 19

The Godparents' role is to assist the parents in their raising of their children in the Catholic faith.  It is required that the Godparents chosen be familiar with the Catholic faith.  At least one Godparent must be Baptized and Confirmed in the Catholic faith.

Baptism of an AdultAdult baptism occurs on Easter Vigil following the completion of the RCIA program.   Contact the Faith Formation Office for further information.