“Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), 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: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.” (CCC 1213)
We welcome the opportunity to help you in your responsibility to care for your child, body, soul and mind. To do this, baptismal preparation sessions are required. Together with the priest you will explore:
- Why do we baptize at all?
- Why do we baptize children?
- What is the role of godparents?
- How living out your Christianity teaches your child.
Older children (over the age of seven, the “Age of Reason”) are generally enrolled in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC). It follows the rituals of the RCIA(adults) but is delivered at a level geared to the age/understanding of the child. Your child will learn the basics of our Catholic faith. After completing the RCIC, they will enter regular religion classes, either in the program of instruction of the parish or by enrolling in a Catholic school.
Generally, all baptisms are performed during a weekend Mass. The child becomes a member of the Community in Baptism. So, it is strongly desirable to celebrate baptisms in the presence of the Community. If there is a need for you to have your child baptized outside of Mass, please bring it to the attention of the priest during the preparation sessions.
To help you understand the Rite of Baptism, here is a flowchart that outlines the rite.
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“From the very day of Pentecost the Church has celebrated and administered holy Baptism. Indeed St. Peter declares to the crowd astounded by his preaching: “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” The apostles and their collaborators offer Baptism to anyone who believed in Jesus: Jews, the God-fearing, pagans. Always, Baptism is seen as connected with faith: “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household,” St. Paul declared to his jailer in Philippi. And the narrative continues, the jailer “was baptized at once, with all his family.” (CCC 1226)