Sacrament of Baptism

“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” -Romans 6:3-4

Celebrating Baptism

Baptism“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. 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.” (CCC 1213)

Baptism Preparation for Infants:
In expressing a desire to have their child baptized, parents are accepting the responsibility of raising their child in the Catholic faith. To assist parents in their duty as Christian parents to raise their children in the ways of faith, the church requires all parents be registered members of the parish and to attend baptismal preparation classes prior to scheduling the baptism of their children. Please contact Erin Stracener estracener@stmatthewtn.org for more information about having your infant or young child baptized.

Baptism Preparation for Children: 
Unbaptized children who are of catechetical age are prepared for Baptism through the Religious Education program. Please contact Erin Stracener estracener@stmatthewtn.org for more information about the baptizing your child.

Baptism Preparation for Adults:
Adults wishing to be baptized are prepared through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Sessions are held from September until May each year on Tuesdays evenings. Please contact David & Lisa Wright at 615-305-0837 or lmwright55@me.com for more information about the RCIA program.

Baptismal Certificates can be obtained by contacting Margaret Cook at 615-646-0378 or mcook@stmatthewtn.org.

If you are going to serve as a Sponsor for Baptism at another church and need a letter, please  have the child’s full name and contact Darcy Rowe at 615-646-0378 or drowe@stmatthewtn.org.

For More Information:

Erin Stracener
DRE/Pastoral Associate

615-550-5100
estracener@stmatthewtn.org

WE WILL EMBRACE YOU + WE WILL INSPIRE YOU
WE WILL STAY WITH YOU ALWAYS