Our Lady of The Rosary~The Jewel of Little Italy

Sacrament of Baptism

Our Lady of the Rosary (OLR) generally baptizes on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 1:00 PM, after the noon mass.  Baptisms are in the community, usually with three to five other families.

What parents need to know:

Parents should be married within the Church, but it is not required. 

At least one parent must be a practicing Catholic in good standing. Non OLR Parishioners will need permisson from their parish to baptize at OLR.

The Child to be baptized must be under the age of seven. 

The parents are the only ones to contact the Church for baptism, not another relative or friend in their behalf.

For more information, please email parish@olrsd.org

First-time parents and Godparents need to take a mandatory baptism class. OLR offers the class once a month from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.  The class is held at the OLR Pastoral Center.  You may park in the OLR parking lot located at 1629 Columbia St.  Please email Marie to confirm your spot.  parish@OLRSD.org  

Class Schedule for 2024

All Dates are Thursdays

February 8, 2024

March 14, 2024

May 9, 2024

August 8, 2024

September 12, 2024

October 10, 2024

December 12, 2024


Parents and Godparents may take the baptism class at another parish. If the parents or Godparents do take the baptism class at another parish we need a letter from that parish to confirm the completion of the class.

If you are a registered parishioner of another parish you will need a letter from your pastor allowing the baptism to take place at OLR.


Godparents must be over sixteen, one male and one female. Both Godparent must be a practicing Catholic in good standing (baptized, first communion, confirmed, and receiving the Eucharist).   We will need a letter from the pastor of their parish to confirm their good standing.  A baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic Church community may participate together with a Catholic sponsor as a witness of the baptism.  You may have more than two witnesses stand with you at baptism, but there can only be two official Godparents.

Godparents may take a baptism class either at OLR or their parish.  If they take the class at their parish, they must obtain a letter of completion.

To discuss the baptism of your child, email Marie

Why baptize?

Baptism is the first day of new life with the Holy Spirit, the indwelling Spirit of Truth, who will

“Teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you” Jn 14 : 26-27

It is clear in Jesus’ words to Nicodemus that the Spirit comes to us in baptism and it is through the baptism we come to know God.

“Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.”
Nicodemus said to him, “How can a person once grown old be born again? Surely he cannot reenter his mother’s womb and be born again, can he?”
Jesus answered, “Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit”

Baptism is the gateway to life within Mother Church, the Ark of Salvation, who receives all things, embraces all things, endures all things, and pass on all things.

From the Catechism of the Church

Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons 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.”

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For more general information on Baptism see the U.S. Bishop’s Baptism handout