"This is the reality of Baptism: he, the Risen One, comes; he comes to you and joins his life with yours, drawing you into the open fire of his love." Pope Benedict XVI
Baptism, the first Sacrament of Initiation in the Catholic Church, is birth into a new life in Christ. Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan and taught that Baptism is necessary for salvation:
"No one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit" (John 3:5).
The Sacrament of Baptism initiates the recipient into the life of Christ and His Church, making him or her a child of God, a brother or sister of Christ and an heir to God’s heavenly Kingdom.
It is a sacrament celebrated only once in life, but people come at various stages of life to receive it.
For Infant Baptism (up to the age of 7), please contact us to begin the process. For the baptism of their first child, the parent(s) must complete a pre-Baptismal Preparation class.
After completion of the class, the Baptism will be scheduled according to the availability of the church’s schedule and the preferences of the parent(s). This Sacrament can be celebrated by any of the priests or deacons of the parish.
For Adult Baptism (the age of 7 and older), the Sacrament can only be celebrated at the Solemn Easter Vigil Mass (the Saturday evening before Easter Sunday).
For the reception of Baptism in this case, the person must complete the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA). The RCIA is composed of various educational gathering (catechesis) and prayer services over the course of an academic year.
According to ancient Christian tradition, the one to be baptized should also have godparents (a godfather and a godmother).The requirements to serve as a godparent are as follows:
-A fully initiated Catholic.
-Must be at least 16 years of age
-Cannot be the mother or father of the person being baptized
-Cannot be under ecclesial penalty (such as, excommunication).