Baptismal Preparation Classes

"And Peter said, 'Let your hearts be changed, every one of you, and have baptism in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will have the Holy Spirit given to you.'" 

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Baptismal preparation classes for parents of a child being baptized are held each month in both English and Spanish. For more information about the Sacrament of Baptism please call 225-6414 or email us at

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Baptism has been a part of what we do as Catholics from the very beginning of our church. The Sacrament of Baptism is called the “gateway to the life in the Spirit” since the reception of Baptism is necessary to receive all other Sacraments. (CCC 1213) Both adults and infants may receive the gift of the Sacrament of Baptism. Sacred Heart Parish | Baptism

Infant Baptism: Our Catholic church recognizes the priceless gift of Baptism for each child. As a parent, through Baptism, you invite the Holy Spirit into the life of your child. As nurturers of the life God has entrusted to you, Baptism is the initial step in your child’s journey of faith. To prepare for the Baptism of your child, parents must attend a class before scheduling the Baptism. At Sacred Heart, classes are held each month in both English and Spanish.

Adult Baptism: If you are an adult preparing for your own Baptism, you must undergo a period of preparation before receiving the Sacrament. This preparation is called the catechumenate and is designed to bring the faith of the candidate to maturity. Through the process, the catechumen is exposed to the life of faith, the liturgy and the love of the people of God through the rites of initiation. CLICK HERE to learn more about becoming Catholic.

Through the waters of Baptism, we become the sons and daughters of God. What greater gift can God give us?

Please call the church office at 225-6414 and our staff will guide you through the necessary steps of preparing for and celebrating the sacrament of baptism. All dates for Baptisms must be scheduled through the parish office staff.

Sacred Heart Parish, 1627 Grand Avenue, West Des Moines, IA 50265 | Phone: 515-225-6414 | Fax: 515-225-0286 |

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