The Sacrament of Baptism ushers us into the divine life, cleanses us from sin, and initiates us as members of the Christian community. It is the foundation for the sacramental life.
Freed from Sin
Baptism frees us from the bondage of original and actual sin. Water is poured in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Sacrament of Baptism is often performed on infants, shortly after birth. Adult Baptisms take place at the Easter Vigil through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Adults or children who have been validly Baptized in a non-Catholic Christian community are not Baptized again in the Catholic Church. As we say in the Nicene Creed, “I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins…”
The Catechism teaches, “The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ” (CCC 1279).
To arrange for an infant Baptism, call the parish office or email Carla Niziolek at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment for a Baptism interview. Once the Interview has been completed, you will be invited to attend a Baptism preparation class. When your paperwork is completed, then your Baptism date will be scheduled. One aspect of Baptism which many people have questions are regarding the guidelines and qualifications for godparents. To learn more about the role of godparents, please read the Godparent Information and Registration Form.
“Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.” (John 3:5)