Holy 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. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons and daughters of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word." (CCC 1213)
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age" (Matthew 28:19-20).
Infants may be baptized provided their parents solemnly swear to bring them up in the faith. Parents are encouraged to contact the parish and make an appointment to meet with the pastor to prepare their child for baptism. At that time it will be decided if the child will be baptized either at a Sunday Mass (This option is preferable since a portion of the church community is present to receive the child), or at a time outside of the Liturgy.
Children of school age also need to follow religious education classes as given to those who are preparing to receive their first Eucharist. In such cases these children will often be baptized at the same Mass at which they receive the Eucharist for the first time. Those attending a Catholic school receive much of their preparation at school. Each case is taken individually.
Adults who are interested in being baptized into the Church should inquire about the RCIA process (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). A team of parishioners meets with the candidates weekly to share their faith and provide a means for inquirers to find out if God is calling them to take this step. Those interested should contact the rectory at 625-6409.
(Baptism may be by immersion, which is the fullest symbol of dying to sin and rising with the new life of Christ, or by pouring water on the head of the infant.