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We are located on Hennepin Avenue between 16th & 17th Streets in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Baptism for Infants and Children

Since the earliest of times baptism has been administered to children, for it is a grace and a gift of God that does not presuppose any human merit; children are baptized into the faith of the Church. Entry into Christian life gives access to true freedom. — Catechism of the Catholic Church #1282

We want to welcome parents - whether birth parents, or adoptive parents, whether couples or a single parent, whether their child is an infant or is already exploring their new world, whether as parents their faith is strong or they are just beginning to make it their own, whether they as a family share the same religious background or they come from very different religious traditions.

For children and infants age six and under, or in unique cases, parents contact Nancy Keller 612.317.3478 and attend a baptism class. Baptisms will take place monthly.

For children who are age seven and older, parents contact Christine Moore 612.317.3435. Children age seven and above need to prepare for full initiation into the church at the Easter vigil. Families of these children will be asked to participate in a program of preparation.

The Basilica of Saint Mary provides one evening of catechesis on the sacrament of baptism especially for parents so that they might enter more deeply into the experience of baptism and, thereby, participate more fully and consciously in the baptism of their child or children. Parents receive additional catechesis in the role of parents in the formation of children and the vision of the family as the domestic Church.

Purpose of the program

  • To provide an opportunity for parents who have requested baptism for their child to take time out to reflect on their own journey of faith and their responsibility in sharing their faith with their children.
  • To afford parents the opportunity to meet and interact with other families in the parish and, thereby, strengthen their sense of belonging to the community.
  • To affirm and assist the parents in their role as "primary educators" of their children. (National Catechetical Directory, #212)
  • To offer both prayer and the support of the parish community to the parents as they approach the same community seeking baptism for their children.
  • The threshold of all sacraments is baptism. In this sacrament, people are washed from everything that stands between them and perfect union with God; symbolically they die with Christ in order to rise with him, and they are born into the community of the Church.

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More than 250 infants are baptized and 400 adults are prepared for the baptism of their children each year at The Basilica. – Photo by Michael Jensen. [Close]

The Role of the Community

Baptismal catechesis involves the community of the faithful, who share their faith with those being catechized. Adult catechumens and the parents of children to be baptized alike need the community's prayers, witness and support. Preparation for the baptism of infants is a 'teachable moment,' when the parish community can encourage parents to re-examine the meaning which faith has in their lives. In offering catechesis to parents and godparents, the Church shows its love for and eagerness to support them as well as their children. — National Catechetical Directory #117


Baptism classes are held once a month on Tuesday evenings. Contact the Learning office at 612.333.1381 for more information.


The sacrament of baptism of infants is celebrated approximately nine times per year at a 1:30pm Sunday Euharist.  Please note that baptisms are not celebrated during Advent or Lent.

History and Theology of Baptism

Learn more about the history and theology of the Sacrament of Baptism.

Baptism for Adults

Adults who have been baptized in another faith and would like to become Catholic participate in the RCIA process.


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