"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 and daughters of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission..." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1213)

Infant Baptism

Baptism is the first Sacrament of Christian Initiation.  To celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism, please contact the Pastor.  For a child to be baptized at St. Francis Xavier, his/her parents must be registered and practicing Catholics.

Parents are required to participate in a Baptismal Preparation Class.  

Parents are asked to choose someone to serve as godparent or sponsor for their child.  Since the sponsor’s role is to assist parents in passing on the Faith in which the child is being baptized, parents should choose someone who will take the role seriously and will be a good role model for the child. Church law sets the following minimum requirements to serve as a godparent:  be at least 16 years old, already confirmed, and a practicing Catholic.

Copy of Baptismal Certificate

For a copy of your Baptismal Certificate from the parish, please contact the Parish Office at 573-471-2447

"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." 
--Matthew 28:19-20