Baptism

Saints Peter and Paul
Catholic Church

322 Seventh Street
Boonville, MO 65233

Weekend Masses

  • 5:30 p.m. Saturday
  • 10:30 a.m. Sunday

Weekday Masses

  • 6 p.m. Wednesday & Thursday
  • 9 a.m. Friday & Saturday

Livestreamed Masses

  • You can watch Mass on our Facebook page, SS Peter & Paul Church — Boonville, Mo.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

  • 45 minutes prior to Mass, except on Sunday unless otherwise announced
  • By appointment

Vespers

  • Vespers are streamed from Father Bill’s Facebook page:
  • 5 p.m. Sunday, Monday, Wednesday-Friday
  • Tuesday and Sunday at 7 p.m.

Contact Us

Office Phone:  (660) 882-6468
Church Email:  ssppchurch@socket.net

Baptism

“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

The Gateway to Life in the Spirit

"Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.”

CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1213

The origin and foundation of Christian Baptism is Jesus.  Before starting his public ministry, Jesus submitted himself to the baptism given by John the Baptist.  The waters did not purify him; he cleansed the waters.  . . .  Jesus did not need to be baptized because he was totally faithful to the will of his Father and free from sin.  However, he wanted to show his solidarity with human beings in order to reconcile them to the Father. By commanding his disciples to baptize all nations, he established the means by which people would die to sin – Original and actual – and begin to live a new life with God.

In Baptism, the Holy Spirit moves us to answer Christ's call to holiness. In Baptism, we are asked to walk by the light of Christ and to trust in his wisdom. We are invited to submit our hearts to Christ with ever deeper love.

To learn more about the Church’s teachings on baptism, you can visit the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website outlining church doctrine on Baptism and RCIA.


Infant Baptism

The Rite of Baptism for Children, Introduction (nos. 2-3) tell us:

“From the earliest times, the Church, to which the mission of preaching the Gospel and of baptizing was entrusted, has baptized not only adults but children as well. Our Lord said: ‘Unless a man is reborn in water and the Holy Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.’ The Church has always understood these words to mean that children should not be deprived of baptism, because they are baptized in the faith of the Church, a faith proclaimed for them by their parents and godparents, who represent both the local Church and the whole society of saints and believers: ‘The whole Church is the mother of all and the mother of each.’

To fulfill the true meaning of the sacrament, children must later be formed in the faith in which they have been baptized. The foundation of this formation will be the sacrament itself that they have already received. Christian formation, which is their due, seeks to lead them gradually to learn God’s plan in Christ, so that they may ultimately accept for themselves the faith in which they have been baptized.”

Arranging Baptism at SS Peter and Paul

Parents requesting the Sacrament of Baptism for their children should be registered members of the parish and should contact the parish office to begin scheduling the sacrament.

Preparation is required for both parents, preferably during the early months of pregnancy.  Baptism classes are required in order to fully understand the gravity of the sacrament.  It is best for parents should try to see that their children are baptized within the first few weeks after birth.

For baptism information, please contact the church office at 660-882-6468 or email ssppdre@socket.net.

Obtaining Baptismal Records

To obtain a copy of your certificate of Baptism, Marriage, First Holy Communion and/or Confirmation please contact the church office.