Baptism is the first and foundation of all the sacraments. We cannot receive the other sacraments until we first receive baptism. Baptism is conferred upon a person (infant, child or adult) by the pouring of water over the head three times with the minister proclaiming, "I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."
Baptism does three primary things for us:
1. It heals the wound of original sin (a spiritual "genetic defect" passed down to all people making it difficult at times for us to know God, to know God's will and to make good and healthy decisions in our lives).
2. It gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit. After baptism, the Holy Spirit (God's life and Spirit) begins to live within us - to guide and strengthen us throughout life.
3. It makes us members of God's family, the Church. With baptism, we become God's daughters and sons and are invited to receive the fullness of the blessings and gifts God wishes to give to his people.
Baptism is conferred by a deacon or priest (or anyone in the case of an emergency).
Baptism for Infants
Parents who wish to have their child baptized will need to contact the parish office to request the sacrament. If they are local to the parish, they should be registered through the parish office and ask to meet with the pastor or deacon for pre-baptism instruction.
Parents are also reminded to be very careful in choosing godparents, as they will need to meet specific requirements in order to serve in this capacity.
Baptism for Children over Age 7 / Youths / Adults
Those over the age of 7 normally enter the Church through the process called the "Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults" (RCIA). Our parish normally holds this instruction during the academic year. Class gatherings involve prayer, interaction, a lesson, and mutual support. For further details, please contact the pastor or deacon.