Baptism is an incredible gift from God. In this Sacrament we receive the grace of the forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, and we become the adopted sons and daughters of God and members of his family, the church. 


Parents and Godparents seeking baptism for a child have a responsibility to attend a baptism preparation session before the Baptism takes place. St. Ignatius  offers a Baptism Preparation instruction class once a month, the first Sunday of each month (except for Holidays ) at 3.00 p.m. in Room 16. Call the office for registration and  show up for the hour long class. For parents and godparents whose child will be baptized at another church, a letter of attendance will be given at the class. This class does not have to be repeated for subsequent children. Parents should carefully consider choosing a saint’s name for their child, perhaps a role model whose life reflects the hopes and aspirations for this God-given child. Please contact the Parish office to register and for more information. For questions, please contact the parish office at 615-367-0085

After attending a baptism preparation session, please call or e-mail  Maria Braswell 615 367 0085 or to  arrange the date for your child's baptism, allowing 30 days for the baptism to be scheduled. 

Baptisms are celebrated Saturday/Sunday after or during Mass in the church. Baptisms are community celebrations for the entire parish, so the communal baptism is the norm. However we understand sometimes there are special circumstances. If that is the case for you, please talk to one of the priests or deacons to arrange a private baptism. There are no baptisms during Lent.

If you're going to serve as a sponsor for baptism at another church and need a letter, please call the parish office. 

Baptismal Certificates can be obtained by contacting Mrs Maria Braswell 615 367 0085. 

Emergency baptisms can be arranged for any un-baptized person who is critically ill by calling any of the Priest or Deacons at St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Please remember that in an extreme emergency, church law permits that any lay person can administer the sacrament of Baptism. You pour water so that it flows on any part of the recipient's body while, at the same time, saying:
"I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." The person who administers the sacrament in that situation is also responsible for notifying the parish about the baptism, giving date and place and name of minister, and we will assist you to ensure that the sacrament is properly registered.


  • Call Maria Braswell at 615-367-0085 for information on Baptism for ages Newborn- 7 years old.
  • Call  Chriss shafer Or Dn Ed Jayme at 615-367-0085 for information on Adult baptism and R.C.I.A. 

For information on adult baptism please see the RCIA section of this website.

The Necessity of Baptism


Christians have always interpreted the Bible literally when it declares, "Baptism . . . now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a clear conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 3:21; cf. Acts 2:38, 22:16, Rom. 6:3–4, Col. 2:11–12).

Thus the early Church Fathers wrote in the Nicene Creed (A.D. 381), "We believe in one baptism for the forgiveness of sins."

And the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: "The Lord himself affirms that baptism is necessary for salvation [John 3:5]. . . . Baptism is necessary for salvation for those to whom the Gospel has been proclaimed and who have had the possibility of asking for this sacrament [Mark 16:16]" (CCC 1257).

The Christian belief that baptism is necessary for salvation is so unshakable that even the Protestant Martin Luther affirmed the necessity of baptism. He wrote: "Baptism is no human plaything but is instituted by God himself. Moreover, it is solemnly and strictly commanded that we must be baptized or we shall not be saved. We are not to regard it as an indifferent matter, then, like putting on a new red coat. It is of the greatest importance that we regard baptism as excellent, glorious, and exalted" (Large Catechism 4:6).

Catholic Answers, “The Necessity of Baptism” (San Diego: Catholic Answers, 2004)




Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. (John 3:5)

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