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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Celebrated on Sundays at 12:15 p.m. Catholic parents and Godparents should be practicing their faith. A Certificate of Eligibility is required of all Godparents. 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 Office of Religious Education to pre-register (required).Additional Information
All candidates for the Sacrament of First Penance and Communion must participate in formation curriculum for the school years of Grade 1 & Grade 2 to prepare for the Sacrament. The curriculum is presented on Sundays from September through May, as well as a few other days or weekends. The Sacrament is administered by the Priest in a special celebration of Mass, usually in March.
Adult candidates must also participate in a curriculum to prepare for the Sacrament. This Sacrament is usually given for adults in the Easter season.
Contact the Parish Office if you would like more information on receiving First Penance and First Communion in our faith.