Sacrament of Baptism

Baptism of Children at St. Francis Xavier Church

Baptism Schedule – September 2014 to December 2015

BaptismIn September 2014 through December 2015, with the exception of the time of Lent, there will be a communal Baptismal Service on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in the church on dates listed below.  It is the full baptism liturgy.

For parishioners who regularly attend a particular Mass, it is possible to have your child baptized at that Mass in consultation with the Pastor or Associate Pastor.

Private baptisms are possible if you bring your own priest, or if one of the resident priests is free to preside. Contact Fr. Peter to arrange.

Please, fill out the Baptism Form indicating the baptism service date you select (see schedule below) and bring or send it to our offices along with a copy of your child or children’s birth certificate.

Do you prefer to fill out online the Baptism Form? Online Baptism Information Form

Baptism Class

Baptism classes are required for parents and godparents of children who will receive the sacrament of Baptism. The Baptism class at Xavier includes a reflection on Jesus’ Baptism, Baptism in the Bible, Baptism in the history of the Christian Church, RCIA and infant Baptism, original sin and grace, effects of Baptism, Baptismal rite and symbols, responsibilities of parents, sponsors and the faith community.

All persons wishing to attend this class are welcome. Classes are free and usually offered on the first Saturday of every month from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the Mary Chapel. When attending the class, please use the 55 West 15th Street entrance. The Mary Chapel is located on the second floor. Infants and children are welcome.

2014 Baptism Class Schedule

No Class in July

August 2nd

September 6th

October 4th

November 1st

December 6th

Baptisms Services 2014 (Saturdays at 10:30 am)

July 19

August 23

September 20

October 18

November 15

December 20


Baptisms Services 2015 (Saturdays at 10:30 am)

No Baptisms will be celebrated during Lent except in an emergency.

January 17

February 14

April 11

May 9

June 20

July 18

August 15

September 19

October 17

November 21

December 19

Please contact Fr. Peter [212-627-2100 ext. 211;] or Dr. Luz Marina Diaz  [ext. 207;],  giving your name, telephone and e-mail address.  Thank you.

For adults, the Rite of Christian Initiation as Adults (RCIA) invites women and men to baptism in the Catholic Church, and all baptized Christians seeking confirmation and full communion as Catholics.

Please refer the RCIA page for complete details.