Sacrament of Baptism

To baptize means to “immerse” in water. The one who is baptized is immersed into the death of Christ and rises with him as a “new creature” (2 Corinthians 5:17). The essential rite of this sacrament consists in immersing the candidate in water or pouring water over his or her head while invoking the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Normally celebrated in infancy. The parents and the Church make a profession of faith for the infant. Also the godfather and godmother share the responsibility for baptismal preparation and for developing and safeguarding the faith and grace given at baptism.

A special process is available for Catholic adults and older children who have never celebrated Christian Baptism.

The effect of Baptism is that it takes away original sin, all personal sins and all punishment due to sin. It makes the baptized person a participant in the divine life of the Trinity. It bestows the theological virtues and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. A baptized person belongs forever to Christ. He is marked with the indelible seal of Christ (character).

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