Baptism

The Rite of Baptism for Children includes these words, “The Christian community welcomes you with great joy.” And it is also with great joy that we help parents prepare for the baptism of their baby. In bringing forward your child for baptism, you seek to make a permanent connection between your child and Christ with the Christian community. No matter how close or distant your own relationship with God, the new life of your child has stirred a desire in you to seek baptism for him or her. In this sacrament, the Christian community promises to walk beside you in nurturing the faith of your child.
 
Click the button to download the Baptismal Request Form and submit it to the parish office.  On this form, it lists the requirements of the Godparents.  Please do not choose Godparents until you have seen the requirements listed and you know that they can fulfill this role faithfully.  Godparents will also need to answer the godparent related questions on the form.  Once we have received the completed Baptismal Request Form, a member of the clergy or the Faith Formation director will contact you to guide you in the next steps towards the baptism of your child.

In our Family of Parishes, baptisms can occur at any regularly scheduled Mass. To schedule an infant baptism, contact the Parish office (513-554-1010) for information regarding preparation classes.   For children age 7 and older, the Sacraments of Initiation take place through the RCIA PROGRAM.  Please contact Beth Pettigrew at 513-588-1643 for more information.

However, if you would prefer a time outside of Mass, please see the options below:

    • Our Lady of the Valley
      1st Saturday of the month at 2:00 pm
    • St. James of the Valley
      1st Sunday of the month at 12:30 pm
    • Our Lady of the Rosary
      3rd Sunday of the month at 10:30 am (English)
      2nd/4th Sundays of the month at 1:00 pm (Spanish)

Preparation classes for both parents and godparents are held the 3rd Tuesday of the even months at 7:00 pm at St. James of the Valley. To register, please call 513-825-8626.

Holy 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.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1213) Through Baptism, we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God. We thus become members of the Body of Christ, and are incorporated into the Church, sharing in her mission.

Baptism is the first Sacrament of Initiation into the Catholic Church. We baptize infants, children and adults in the name of the Holy Trinity, which calls each of us to a lifelong journey as disciples of Christ. By baptism Original sin and all personal sins are forgiven and we are free to share in God’s own life as his adopted children. We are welcomed into the Church, the Body of Christ.

If you’re expecting, please call the parish office at 513- 554-1010 during your second trimester to schedule your child’s Baptism..

Baptism is done by the pouring of Holy water over the person’s head while praying. The baptized are then anointed with Chrism, a holy oil, which symbolizes the gift of the Holy Spirit. The person is covered in a white garment to symbolize a new life in Christ, and given a lighted candle to show that we have been given the Light of faith. We are to keep the Light of Christ burning in our hearts and live as His Light in the world.