Sacrament of Baptism
Holy baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the spirit--vitae spiritualis ianua--and the door which gives access to the other sacraments.
Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ and are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission. “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water and in the Word.”
This sacrament is called Baptism after the central rite by which it is carried out: to baptize (Greek: baptizein) means to “plunge” or “immerse.” The “plunge” into the water symbolizes the catechumen’s burial into Christ’s death from which he rises up by resurrection with Him as “a new creature.”
Baptism is the first of the seven sacraments and its effects are:
- Initiates and incorporates a person into the Body of Christ—the Church.
- Forgives original and personal sin.
- Becomes a new creation—a child of God—a temple of the Holy Spirit.
- Confers God’s life—sanctifying grace.
Requirements for Infant Baptism on the part of the Parents:
- Be registered members of the parish for at least one year.
- Live your faith—attend Mass every weekend.
- Take active part in the life, activities, and programs of the parish.
- Contribute financially to the parish on a regular, identifiable, and meaningful way.
- Attend the parish’s baptismal preparation program.
- Select at least one of the two sponsors/godparents who are practicing Catholics.
- Select a saint’s name as one of the given names for your child.
- Be committed to raising your child in the faith.