The Lord himself affirms that Baptism is necessary for salvation. “No one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit” (Jn 3:5). Christ commanded his disciples to preach the Gospel, draw people to faith in him, and baptize those who come to conversion. The Church does not neglect the mission she has received from Christ to ensure that all be baptized and reborn of water and the Spirit.
Infant Baptism has been practiced since apostolic times. Infants need to be baptized because through this Sacrament, they are freed from Original Sin and are welcomed into the community of the Church, where they have access to the fullness of the means of salvation. Their parents, godparents, and the parish community commit themselves to their ongoing formation in faith and knowledge of the tradition of the Church. The best gift that parents can give their children is a life in the Church. “The Church and the parents would deny a child the priceless grace of becoming a child of God were they not to confer Baptism shortly after birth (CCC, no. 1250; cf. Code of Canon Law [Codex Iuris Canonici; CIC], can. 867). However, the Church also teaches that the Baptism of an infant may be postponed if there is not a “founded hope” that the child will be brought up in the Catholic Faith (CIC, can. 868 §2).
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Parents are required to attend a pre-baptismal class to be scheduled prior to the baby’s birth. Classes will be held at the convenience of the family. Please call the Parish Office to pre-register (required).
Catholic parents and Godparent should be practicing their faith.
Baptisms are celebrated on Sundays at 12:15 p.m.
A preparation class must be attended by candidates for Baptism. Adult Baptisms are normally celebrated during the Easter season on Easter Sunday Vigil.
For more information on being Baptized in our faith, contact the Parish Office.