Baptism makes us the dwelling place of the Most Blessed Trinity, makes each of us a holy temple, "for the temple of God, which you are, is holy." (1 Corinthians 3:17)

Baptism is the first Sacrament of Initiation by which we are freed from all sin and are endowed with the gift of divine life, are made members of the Church, and are called to holiness and mission.

If you are an adult interested in being baptized, please see the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) box from the “About Us” section on the website.

If you are interested in having a child baptized, St. Rita not only offers details pertaining to the Baptism ceremony but also provides parents with the Church’s teachings regarding the responsibility of raising their child in the Catholic faith.  Parents will learn that they are the primary educators of their children in the faith.

Parents are encouraged to contact the rectory three months before the expected birth date to register, at (504) 866-3621 or via email

St. Rita Baptismal Preparation consists of one mandatory session, usually held on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in the Rectory (2729 Lowerline St.):

  • Both parents  and godparents are to attend the preparation session.
  • Archdiocesan guidelines for godparents are:
    • A Catholic in good standing with the Church who has been Confirmed and regularly practices his/her Catholic faith;

    • At least sixteen years of age

    • If married, the godparent must be in a marriage recognized as valid by the Catholic Church.

  • The meaning, importance, and logistics of Baptism will be presented.

The Rite of Baptism is usually held on the first Sunday of the month following the 10:30am Mass in the church. A specific date will be arranged when preparation and paperwork are complete.

For information on the requirements for Baptism, Godparents, etc, or to register for the Baptismal Seminar, please contact the Church Office at (504) 866-3621 or via email