THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

“In all truth I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born through water and the Spirit; what is born of human nature is human; what is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3:5-6). By this Jesus crowns baptism as the foundation of Christianity. The scriptures and the catechism teach that Baptism is the sacrament, which cleanses us from original sin, makes us members of His Body, the Church, and children of God. It is a sign of new life in Christ and gives a new life of faith to the recipient. The baptized receives the three gifts of faith, hope and charity. These gifts must continue to grow and develop in the life of the baptized throughout his/her life. Baptism truly becomes “the door” to the Christian life from which other doors open in our future commitments.

INFANT BAPTISM

Infant baptism is celebrated the third Sunday of the month during Mass, or, for pastoral reasons, can be arranged for a different time. Baptism is a celebration of a new member into the family of God, and is not administered privately except in the event of an emergency such as danger of death.

There are two class sessions for the parents and Godparents for infant baptism. In advance of these classes, the parents are expected to read a baptism packet provided by the Church, and bring in a copy of the infant’s birth certificate. The infant needs at least one godparent/sponsor who is a practicing Catholic (a person, who has been baptized, confirmed and who is also a communicant, and if married, is married in the Catholic Church). The godparent represents the Church community. He/she must be at least eighteen years old and be a fully initiated Catholic.

The parents are expected to meet with the pastor before the day of the baptism. This meeting is mandatory.

A non-parishioner who wishes to have his/her child baptized must bring out of parish letter.

Please call 512-472-3741 to pick up Baptism packet as soon as possible. Packet must be completed prior to attending the Baptism Class.