Baptism marks the entry of the believer into the Christian community. Along with Confirmation and Eucharist, it is one of the Sacraments of Initiation, giving access to the full sacramental life of the Church. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and joined with Christ, sharing in His divinity and destined for eternal life. Baptism leaves us permanently changed, no longer the person we once were, but a new person, dying to death and sin, and rising to new life in Christ.
The rite consists of pouring water over the head while saying the Trinitarian formula. Anyone can baptize in an emergency, although the usual minister of the sacrament is a priest or deacon. Usually the rite includes anointing the forehead with holy oil to indicate that, even as Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, and King, so does the candidate now share in His everlasting life, participating in His glory as a member of His body. The newly baptized then receives a white garment and a candle lit from the paschal candle. Like Christ, who is the light of the world, the newly baptized Christian carries the light of Christ out into the world.
Instructions are provided to parents and godparents wishing to have their children baptized. In addition to the instruction, we assist the families and the priest with a rehearsal, setup the actual baptism and clean up. Baptismal Prep classes are held in the evenings on the first Tuesday of every month and the Thursday before the child’s baptism.
Baptisms are held during the liturgy on the third Sunday at 10:30 Mass or on the fourth weekend of the month. Ordinarily Baptisms are not celebrated during Lent. To have a child baptized, you must register for a class by calling the parish office.
Contact: Parish Office – 345-4343
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a process through which interested adults become members of the Catholic Church. If you are un-baptized or baptized in another faith and would like to learn more about the teachings of the Catholic Church, please call the Parish Office to find out more about the RCIA process.
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