The sacrament of baptism ushers us into the divine life, cleanses us from sin, and initiates us as members of the Christian community. It is the foundation for the sacramental life


First time parents are required to take a baptismal class prior to scheduling a Baptism
at Saint Teresa of Avila.


Parents, aided by the sponsors, are to instruct their child in the practice of the faith, teaching them God’s commandments as Christ taught us and to help them live a virtuous life.

Therefore, parents should choose at least one, but not more than two, sponsors for their child, keeping in mind the following canonical requirements:

•At least 16 years old

•A Catholic who has received the Sacrament of Confirmation and practices their faith

•If there will be two sponsors, they must be of opposite gender

•If a sponsor is married, the marriage must be recognized by the Church.

•Sponsors are encouraged to attend the Baptismal Preparation Class at Saint Teresa of Avila or in their own parish.

If you wish to arrange a baptism for your child please contact the following:

Scheduling the Baptism

Infant baptisms are celebrated with the Parish community only on designated Saturdays during the year.  Please call the Rectory for Designated dates and to arrange registration.

There is a suggested donation of $50 can be sent in with your registration


Lucy Diaz at the Rectory
908-277-3700 or

Para bautismos en Español,
por favor contactar a 
Jose Ramirez al 908-477-6848



Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. (John 3:5)


Freed from Sin

Baptism frees us from the bondage of original and actual sin. Water is poured in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Today, the sacrament of baptism is often performed on infants, shortly after birth. Adult baptisms take place at the Easter Vigil through the restored Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Adults or children who have been baptized in a valid Christian church are not baptized again in the Catholic church. As we say in the Nicene Creed, “I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins…”

The Catechism teaches:
"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" (CCC 1279).

Baptismal Symbols

  • Water – The waters of baptism recall Jesus’ own baptism by John the Baptist in the river Jordan. Water is a symbol of cleansing and renewal as we begin a new life in Christ. We are washed clean of sin.
  • Oil – At baptism we are anointed into the life of Christ as “priest, prophet and king.” A cross is traced on the candidate’s forehead as a reminder that we are inheritors of the Kingdom of God.
  • Light – The baptismal candle is lit from the Paschal or Easter candle that stands in the church as a sign of Christ’s light in the world. At baptism, we receive the light of Christ and are called forth to share this light with the world.
  • White garment – The white garment that is placed upon us at baptism is a symbol of Christ’s victory over death and his glorious resurrection. Likewise, the white garment or pall that is placed over the coffin at the time of death recalls our baptismal promises and reminds us that we are destined for eternal life.


While in ordinary circumstances, sacraments in the Catholic Church are administered validly by a member of the ordained clergy, in an emergency situation, the sacrament of baptism can be administered by anyone, provided that he have the intention of doing that which the Church does and provided that he pour water on the candidates head while saying:
“I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit"
(CCC 1284).