Baptism

 

“The origin and foundation of Christian Baptism is Jesus.  Before starting his public ministry, Jesus submitted himself to the baptism given by John the Baptist.  The waters did not purify him; he cleansed the waters….Jesus did not need to be baptized because he was totally faithful to the will of his Father and free from sin.  However, he wanted to show his solidarity with human beings in order to reconcile them to the Father.  By commanding his disciples to baptize all nations, he established the means by which people would die to sin—original and actual—and begin to live a new life with God.

In Baptism, the Holy Spirit moves us to answer Christ’s call to holiness.  In Baptism, we are asked to walk by the light of Christ and to trust in his wisdom.  We are invited to submit our hearts to Christ with even deeper love.

Adult Baptism.  For adults, the Church, after the Second Vatican Council, has restored the order of the Catechumenate in the Rite of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).  It outlines the steps for the formation of catechumens, bringing their conversion to the faith to a greater maturity.  It helps them respond more deeply to God’s gracious initiative in their lives and prepares them for union with the Church community.  This process is meant to form them into the fullness of the Christian life and to become disciples of Jesus, their teacher.” USCCB

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.  Baptism is the Sacrament by which we are initiated into the life of Christ and become a member of God’s household.  For adults and children age 7 or older, this process is through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults).

Baptismal preparation classes are held on the third Friday of each month at 5:30 pm in English and 7:00 pm in Spanish in the Choir Room.

Parents wishing to have their child or children baptized should speak with Fr. Clarence or Deacon Manuel and complete the preparation program stipulated by the Diocese.  Parents should be registered in the Parish.  Parents who present their children for Baptism are to provide assurances that the children will be raised in the Catholic faith.  Godparents/Sponsors must have received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist and be at least 16 years of age.  They must be practicing Catholics.  For more information or questions, please call the parish office or Deacon Manuel at 801-544-4269