Baptism is the fundamental sacrament of our entry into the life of Christ in the Church. It is the gateway to all the other sacraments, especially the Eucharist. Baptism gives us new birth into Christ; it washes away our sins; it initiates us into the Paschal Mystery; and it incorporates us into the communion of saints.

The preeminent day to celebrate Baptism is the Lord ’s Day, or Sunday, when the community is gathered for the Eucharistic feast at Mass. At St. Francis we celebrate the baptism of children during our Sunday Mass.

For adults the preeminent Sunday is Easter itself, and at St. Francis we celebrate Adult baptisms at the Easter Vigil (unless there is an emergency) after the person has gone through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

  • If you are an adult, or have a child 8 years or older, and you would like to receive the sacrament of Baptism, please see our page BECOMING CATHOLIC (RCIA).
  • If you are a member of St. Francis of Assisi and would like to schedule the baptism of your child of 7 years of age or younger, please contact:

Edward Trochimczuk
212-736-8500 x361


Confirmation, with Baptism and Holy Eucharist, is one of the three sacraments of initiation into the Church.  Confirmation celebrates “a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost” (CCC 1302) upon the Baptized person who receives the sacrament.  This sacrament is received only once.  Confirmation is necessary for our complete initiation into the Church.

If you are a Baptized Catholic adult and would like to receive Confirmation, or if you are baptized in another Christian church and are thinking of becoming Catholic please fill out the form below or contact:

Joseph Nuzzi
212-736-8500 x365

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