Adult initiation into the church

I was baptized in another Christian denomination.

Do I need to be re-baptized?

 

As long as you were baptized with water and in the name of the Trinity (The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit), then no, you don't. We recognize all Christian baptisms. Period. You still need to go through the preparation for adult initiation into the church process in order to complete your initiation into the church with the other sacraments of initiation (confirmation and communion). You are a perfect candidate if coming from a different Christian tradition for the classes on preparation for adult initiation into the church.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am not sure if I have been baptized.
What should I do?

 

If you're not sure (for example, if you think you might have been baptized as an infant but can't find any information about it, or if you're unsure whether the name of the Trinity was used, the Catholic Church offers what is known as "Conditional Baptism." Essentially, it's saying, "If you haven't been baptized already, then we now baptize you." You are encouraged to enter the process of preparation for adult initiation into the church.

Does Divine Mercy Church practice immersion baptism?

Sure. It's not required, and it's pretty rare, but there's no reason not to do it other than practicality. Most Catholic Churches have fonts for pouring water over the person being baptized (this is called affusion and this is what we normally do at Divine Mercy), usually just covering their head. But there are Catholic Churches with baptistries that make immersion possible. Divine Mercy, however, has a small font so we would have to get tub to baptize you by immersion (not impossible but not practical).

Please note that we do not believe it matters how the water touches the person being baptized, nor do we believe that every inch of the person must be covered. Baptism is a sign, not magic.

What should I or my child wear?

 

There is a wonderful phrase in the church: adiaphora. It means "indifferent things." But what it really means is, "It's no big thing." What you or your child wear is entirely up to you. Sometimes people dress infants in special "christening" gowns or family heirloom gowns, but that's purely a matter of personal preference. What we care about is that you're here.

What is a Sponsor/Godparent? Who can be one?
How many do I need?

 

A sponsor (also known as a godparent), is someone who promises to accompany you on your walk with Christ. They promise, if godparents of a child, to act as guides and examples. That means that godparents should be chosen carefully by the parents and the choice of godparents if entirely up to the conscience and judgment of the parent. We respect your judgment at Divine Mercy as to who should act in this very special role in the life of your child. Sponsors/godparents must attend the baptism class with the parents.