Christian initiation is accomplished by 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.

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you" ( Mt 28:19-20).

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 essential rite of Baptism consists in immersing the candidate in water or pouring water on his head, while pronouncing the invocation of the Most Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ.

Baptism imprints on the soul an indelible spiritual sign, the character, which consecrates the baptized person for Christian worship. Because of the character Baptism cannot be repeated (cf. DS 1609 and DS 1624).

Those who die for the faith, those who are catechumens, and all those who, without knowing of the Church but acting under the inspiration of grace, seek God sincerely and strive to fulfill his will, are saved even if they have not been baptized (cf. LG 16).

Since the earliest times, Baptism has been administered to children, for it is a grace and a gift of God that does not presuppose any human merit; children are baptized in the faith of the Church. Entry into Christian life gives access to true freedom.

With respect to children who have died without Baptism, the liturgy of the Church invites us to trust in God's mercy and to pray for their salvation.

In case of necessity, any person can baptize provided that he have the intention of doing that which the Church does and provided that he pours water on the candidate's head while saying: "I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."

Baptism Preparation

Our Baptism Preparation Class is required for first time parents and is designed to prepare them for the Baptism of their baby. Anyone who needs a current understanding and instruction in the Sacrament of Baptism is also welcome to attend. 


Please call Teresa Palmer at 513-367-9086 ext. 218 to register for the class or for more information.

Scheduling A Baptism


 Things to know before scheduling:

  • You must be an active, registered member of St. John's, or supply a letter from the parish at which you're registered granting you permission to have your child baptized outside of your home parish. This letter must be received prior to the baptism.
  • If you are a parishioner of St. John's who grew up in the parish, but have not yet registered as an adult, you will be asked to do so when you call to schedule a baptism.
  • If you are a first time parent, you must attend our Baptism Preparation Class before scheduling your child's baptism (see above).
  • At least one of your chosen godparents must be verified as eligible to serve as a Catholic godparent prior to scheduling your child's baptism.

Requirements for godparents:

  • Godparents must be one male and one female, at least 16 years of age.
  • You must select at least one godparent who is a practicing, confirmed Catholic, and registered member of a parish. If they are married, they must have been married in the Catholic Church. If they are not a member of St. John's they must provide an eligibility letter signed and sealed by their parish which verifies that they are an active, registered member who meets the requirements to act as a godparent. A copy of our godparent eligibility form can be found here.


If the above requirements have been met, please call the

Parish Office at 513-367-9086 ext. 217 to schedule your baptism.