Baptism joins us with Christ and forms us into God’s disciples. It is the first Sacrament to be celebrated before the Church’s seven sacraments and it is the first Sacrament of Initiation; the other two being Confirmation and First Eucharist. The Catholic Church baptizes people of all ages–infants to adults. Through Baptism, we receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and accept God’s transforming love.

Families choosing to baptize their infant are invited to attend a Baptism preparation class at either Lumen Christi or St. Thomas More. See schedules below.

The Catholic Church requires a copy of your child’s birth certificate or adoption certificate before celebrating the baptism and for our sacramental records. You may bring it to the preparation class, drop it off at the parish office, or email a scan of it as an attachment to Lynn Schelitzche, Director of Faith Formation, at

Short video on Baptism

Video of Pope Francis on the meaning of Baptism, 2 minutes


Procedure for Celebrating the Sacrament of Baptism at Lumen Christi

Baptism preparation is required for new parents, or those who have not had a class in 3 years, before the Baptism of their child. Baptism classes can be taken either at St. Thomas More or Lumen Christi. Parents reflect on their own faith life past and present; spirituality of children and families and how to foster it; and review the Rite of Baptism.

Sponsor/godparent must be a practicing Catholic, at least 16 years of age and confirmed in the Catholic Church. A person of another Christian denomination may stand as a witness.

If you have any questions about Baptism, please contact Lynn in the parish office.
Lynn Schelitzche
Director of Faith Formation
651-698-5581 x 303

Baptism Preparation Brochure with registration details and important dates

Register for Baptism (Note preferred date of Baptism and class for registration form.)

Baptism Schedule

January 12, 2020 at 10:30
February 8, 2020 at 4:30
March no Baptisms (Lent)
April 19, 2020 at 8:30
May 10, 2020 at 10:30
June 13, 2020 at 4:30
July 12, 2020 at 8:30
August 9, 2020 at 10:30
September 12, 2020 at 4:30
October 11, 2020 at 8:30
November 15, 2020 at 10:30
December 12, 2020 at 4:30


Baptism Preparation Classes

Lumen Christi 1st Floor Conf. Rm.
Thursdays, 7:00 PM

February 6, 2020
April 2, 2020
June 4, 2020


St. Thomas More Pastoral Center
Saturdays, 10:00 AM

Please register by contacting Lynn Schelitzche at the Lumen Christi parish office.
651-698-5581 x 303

January 11, 2020
March 14, 2020
May 9, 2020
July 25, 2020
September 19, 2020
November 19, 2020
January 9, 2021
March 13, 2021
May 8, 2021



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1079 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105