Baptism

Baptism welcomes us into a life of following Jesus Christ. Baptism washes away our sins, incorporates us into the Church, and makes us members of the Body of Christ. Babies should be baptized within the first few weeks after birth; however, all who are willing are welcome at any age. Babies are born with original sin and it is important  to cleanse infants at the earliest possible age so they may become children of God and receive the grace of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said "the kingdom of God also belongs to the children" Mt 18:4; Mk 10:14.


Infants (ages 6 and under)

Infant Baptisms occur once a month on a Saturday at 10 a.m. All Baptism classes are held in person the Monday before the baptism from 7:00 PM -9:00 PM in the parish lounge. Parents and Godparents are required to attend the class. The Baptism Registration Fee is $100 and includes the class. Download and complete the Baptism Registration Form. Review the schedule below and enter the preferred class date and Baptism Ceremony date on the registration form for each parent and Godparent. Bring the completed form to the parish office with your registration payment of $100. You will be notified with a confirmed class date and Baptism Ceremony date once your registration is processed. See below for schedule and forms.


Baptism Packet


Baptism Class Registration Form


Children (ages 7 and up)

Baptisms of children who are 7 years old and older will be baptized with other children in our Faith Formation program. Please contact the Faith Formation Office:

Email: info@sainthedwigparish.org

Phone: (562) 296-9000


First Communion

The Holy Eucharist (Communion) is the sacrament in which we receive the Body and Blood of Christ.

It is the memorial of Christ’s Passover, the work of salvation accomplished by the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, a work made present by the liturgical action.


Teen preparation: Go to the Faith Formation Page for more information.

Adult preparation: Go to RCIA section below on this page.


Confirmation

Confirmation is a true sacrament instituted by Christ and different from baptism. It is administered by laying-on of hands and anointing with chrism accompanied by prayer. The chrism is blessed by the bishop and the bishop is the usual minister of the sacrament. All baptized persons can and should be confirmed. The effect of the sacrament of confirmation is to give strength in faith and for the confession of faith and to impress an indelible character.


To inquire about the Sacrament of Confirmation for:

Teen preparation: Go to the Faith Formation Confirmation Page for more information.

Adult preparation (Those looking to enter the Catholic Church as an adult): Go to RCIA section below on this page


Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process developed by the Catholic Church for adults who have never been baptized as a Christian, adults who have been baptized in another Christian faith and now want to be Catholic, and adults who have been baptized Catholic but never received the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. Candidates are gradually introduced to aspects of Catholic beliefs and practices. The basic process applies to adults and children who have reached the catechetical age of 18.  The RCIA process includes Five Steps.

Complete the RCIA Registration Form and email it to Deacon Henry Eagar at heagar@sainthedwigparish.org

If you have additional questions or would like to set up an appointment, call Deacon Henry at (562) 296-9028 or email him. You may also reach out to Chris Ord, Coordinator of Faith Formation, Youth Ministry and Young Adult Ministry at (562) 296-9020 or cord@sainthedwigparish.org

RCIA Registration Form