“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,
in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
The Sacrament of 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 children 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 and in the word." Baptism is birth into the new life in Christ. In accordance with the Lord's will, it is necessary for salvation, as is the Church herself, which we enter by Baptism.
The Rites of Christian Initiation include three sacraments together: Baptism which is the beginning of new life; Confirmation which is its strengthening; and the Eucharist which nourishes the disciple with Christ's Body and Blood for his transformation in Christ.
Baptismal Classes for Parents
Classes for parents of all children to be baptized are on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM in the O’Toole Room. Please call the rectory at 314-962-2311 before the meeting. After Baptismal Class, you may schedule any Sunday at 1:00pm for the Baptism.
The Sacrament of Baptism is usually celebrated Sundays at 12:00 p.m. in Church. Parents are the most important people taking part in the baptism rite. It is their "yes" that makes it possible for the sacrament to be conferred and for the child to begin life as a member of Christ's Church. For a child to be baptized at Mary Queen of Peace, the parents must be members of our parish and faithful Catholics. To assure that parents have a full understanding of what it means to have their child Baptized into the Catholic faith, all parents will be asked to attend a Baptismal Class for Parents held on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm in the O’Toole Room. Please call the parish office at 314-962-2311 to arrange a child's baptism.
For School-Age Children: Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC)
Children who have reached the age of reason, (usually seven or older), who have not been baptized or who have been baptized in another faith, or who have not received the Sacrament of the Eucharist at the traditional age, may seek membership and the Sacraments of Initiation in the Catholic Church through this process. This process requires both a conversion that is personal and the faith education they need for their spiritual growth. The children’s progress depends on the help and example of their companions and the influence of their parents. Parent involvement is essential. Contact the rectory at 314-962-2311.
For Adults: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process in which a person who is not baptized or baptized in another faith denomination journeys with others like them and other Catholics to be fully initiated in the Catholic faith. It is a process of formation. The formation process culminates at the Easter Vigil with the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation, Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. The RCIA is not simply another parish program. The entire parish community, through its prayers, witness, worship, service, and catechesis, offers the invitation and support for the men and women to initiated into the Catholic Church. Weekly meetings are held beginning the first week of September and continuing through the Easter Vigil. Sign up in August by contacting Jim Dryden at 314-962-6131 or by calling the rectory at 314-962-2311.