Baptism

The Sacrament of Baptism

“Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, 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” (CCC 1213). Before so great a gift and mystery, how can the person approaching the Church for Baptism – for oneself or one’s child – be filled with anything but awe and wonder! — Father Kevin C. Louis, July 2, 2006

Baptism Preparation

Parents must request the Baptism of their infants at least two months prior to the anticipated date of Baptism. The Baptism of infants is normally celebrated on the fourth Sunday of the month either at 11:15 am or during any of the regularly scheduled Masses of the Lord’s Day. Baptisms are not celebrated during Lent. New parents are required to take part in a four-session preparation program conducted in February, August, or November. Participation in the program should be completed before the birth of the child.

BAPTISM PREPARATION SESSIONS

Ideally Baptism Preparation should be attended prior to the birth of the baby. To register for the session contact the parish office during office hours.

THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH ON BAPTISM
The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) says the sacraments of initiation, including Baptism, “lay the foundations of every Christian life.” (1212) The CCC goes on to say (quoting Pope Paul VI):

The faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life. By means of these sacraments of Christian initiation, they thus receive in increasing measure the treasures of the divine life and advance toward the perfection of charity.

In other words, receiving the sacraments of initiation makes a person a Catholic, with all the treasures of the Church available to help him or her get to heaven.

Online Baptism Resources:

US Conference of Catholic Bishops – Baptism

Catechism of the Catholic Church – Baptism