Baptism of Infants and Young Children (0-6 Years)

As the great poet and Anglican divine John Donne wrote, “The church is catholic, universal, so are all her actions; all that she does belongs to all. When she baptizes a child, that action concerns me; for that child is thereby connected to that head which is my head too, and engrafted into the body whereof I am a member.”

We celebrate baptisms of young children approximately six times per year at the Sunday Eucharist. First time parents/guardians are asked to participate in a Baptism Preparation Class to update their understanding of baptism, the important responsibilities of Christian parenting, and learn more about the many ways our parish supports families. All families and godparents are asked to participate in the baptismal preparation class whenever possible. 

For information about Infant Baptism please contact Molly Hiro at 503-289-2419 or Initiation catechists are Carmi Lyon, Angela Kremer, Molly Hiro and Michael Prendergast.

Dates Infant Baptism and Preparation St. Andrew Church

June 26, 2016 11:00-Noon preparation and practice in Chapel

July 17, 2016 (16 Sunday OT): Infant baptism at 9:30 Eucharist

September 25, 2016 11:00-Noon preparation and practice in Chapel

October 9, 2016 (28 OT): Infant baptism at 9:30 Eucharist 


Baptism of Older Children (7-17 Years)

St. Andrew welcomes children of catechetical age, along with their families, on a journey of preparation for initiation into the Catholic community. The Church prepares older children and adults for all the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation by participating in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.  Those children who have never been baptized will participate in the RICA process adapted for older children and celebrate their sacraments at the Easter Vigil. Those children already baptized in other Christian communities will make a profession of faith into the Catholic Church and will receive the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation in the Rite of Reception into Full Communion with the Catholic Church.

As participants in the children’s RCIA, the children enter a process, a way of growing in response to Gods call. This process is marked by a number of stages, and occurs within the entire faith community of St. Andrew. Parents/guardians of children in the RCIA process may find that their child’s journey towards initiation prompts them to think about their own faith, and perhaps to re-examine it in a new light.

The RCIA initiation process calls for significant family involvement, in terms of regular parent classes, participation in special rites during Mass, family prayer, and living the experience of a Christian life each day. For information on baptism of older children, contact Fr. Dave Zegar, Michael Prendergast or April Sandavol.

First Reconciliation and First Communion

At about age 7, children can begin to prepare to receive communion, the body and blood of Christ, for the first time. Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion. First Reconciliation (Confession) is celebrated in the season of Lent and culminates in the First Communion celebration during the Easter Season. Contact April Sandoval 503-281-4429 x – or a for more information. 


Adults interested in becoming Catholic participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).  Children over the age of 6 participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children, a special program beginning in September and concluding with baptism at the Easter Vigil.  The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a shared journey of faith for adults who are considering Christianity, baptism and joining the Catholic Church. Through sharing, study and reflection, the RCIA brings adults together for community, prayer, ritual and celebration. RCIA is for:  (1) those who wish to learn about the Christian faith; (2) adults seeking baptism; (3) those interested in becoming Catholic Christians; (4) baptized Christians from other faith traditions who wish to learn more about the Catholic Church; (5) baptized Catholics who would like to prepare for Confirmation.

Contact:  Fr. Dave Zegar 503-281-4429 x 10 or Michael R. Prendergast, Director of Music and Liturgy, 503-281-4429 x 12 or


The Sacrament of Confirmation is, with Baptism and Eucharist, one of the three sacraments of initiation; confirmation completes and “confirms” the grace of baptism.  Through the anointing with the sacred chrism the baptized person is “enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit,” and more than ever “obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed” (Catechism 1285).  Confirmation is typically celebrated in the spring, every other year, with preparation classes for youth 14 and older and for adults who have not been Confirmed beginning in late winter.  Contact Fr Dave Zegar, Michael Prendergast or April Sandoval for information on the preparation program.