Baptism

 

The Basics

As the foundation for the sacramental life, baptism:

  • ushers us into the divine life
  • cleanses us from sin
  • initiates us as members of the Christian community. 

Fundamentally, the ritual involves the priest pouring water on the candidate's head while saying: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (CCC 1284).

The sacrament of baptism, like all sacraments, includes symbols:

Water

  The waters of baptism recall Jesus’ own baptism by John the Baptist in the river Jordan. Water is a symbol of cleansing and renewal as we begin a new life in Christ. We are washed clean of original and actual sin. 

Oil

  At baptism we are anointed into the life of Christ as “priest, prophet and king.” A cross is traced on the candidate’s forehead as a reminder that we are inheritors of the Kingdom of God.

Light

  The baptismal candle is lit from the Paschal or Easter candle that stands in the church as a sign of Christ’s light in the world. At baptism, we receive the light of Christ and are called to share this light with others.

White garment

  The white garment that is placed upon us at baptism is a symbol of Christ’s victory over death and his glorious resurrection. Likewise, the white garment or pall that is placed over the coffin at the time of death recalls our baptismal promises and reminds us that we are destined for eternal life.

 

 

Scripture & Baptism

Scripture repeatedly notes the importance of baptism as more than a mere symbol. Some of the relevant verses are:

  • "...[U]nless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God." (John 3:5)
  • "But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God." (1 Cor 6:11)
  • "Baptism... now saves you." (1 Peter 3:21)
  • "Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit." (John 3:5)

 

"I confess one baptism..."

As we say in the Nicene Creed, “I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins…” For this reason, a person can only be baptized once. Let's say, for example, that an adult who was baptized in another Christian denomination chooses to join the Catholic Church; s/he will not be "re-baptized".

 

To Learn More...

Initiation

 

Baptism

 

Eucharist

 

Confirmation

 

  Healing
 

 

Reconciliation

 

Anointing of the Sick

 

  Vocation
 

 

Matrimony

 

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Let the children 

come to me, 

and do not hinder them; 

for to such belongs 

the kingdom of God.

Luke 8:16

 

 

To learn more about or make 

arrangements for a baptism, 

please contact Sandy.

 

The steps typically include:

  • registering with the parish (if that has not already been done)

  • baptismal class (typically the 3rd Tuesday of the month)

  • a bit of paperwork

  • scheduling the baptism (typically after the Saturday 5 PM Mass or after the Sunday 11:15 AM Mass)

Note: Baptisms cannot be done during Lent or on Easter weekend.