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).


Want to Schedule a Baptism?

Welcoming new Catholic Huskies to the faith community is always a delight at the Newman Center. The Sacrament of Baptism for children and infants is scheduled individually for Newman community members, students, family, alumni, faculty and staff of the University of Washington. Families are asked to schedule baptisms at least 1 month ahead of time.  Shorter times are allowed with approval from one of the priests. Active participation in the life of the Church is a minimum expectation for the parents of such children. Parents and Godparents are asked to participate in a baptismal preparation meeting with the Director.  Adults seeking baptism should investigate participation in our RCIA program.

For more information, contact Newman at or call us at 206-527-5072.