Sacrament of Baptism
Initiation into the Church is celebrated by stages in the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. Through them the recipient is incorporated into the Church and brought to a full sharing of the corporate life of the People of God.
In obedience to the Savior’s command to “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19) and in fidelity to his teaching concerning the necessity of this Sacrament for salvation (Cf. Mark 16:16; CIC, c. 849), the Church ceaselessly promotes and guards the dignity of Christian Baptism and all the rites which surround its reverent administration.
At the moment of Baptism, the new Christian is washed of the stain of original sin, marked by an indelible character, imbued with the gift of sanctifying grace and the infused virtues, received into a relationship of Divine adoption, and incorporated into the Mystical Body of Christ which is the Church.
Consequently, Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the whole Sacramental economy of the Church. (Cf. CCC, no. 1213; CIC, c. 849).
Who are candidates for Baptism?
1. Infants or children whose parents and godparents desire to share their faith with them
2. Adults who have reached the age of reason, usually 7 years of age. Please see RCIA.
What must be considered when determining the time of Baptism?
1. First and foremost, the spiritual welfare of the child. Parents are obliged to take care that infants are baptized in the first few weeks of birth. Infants in danger of death must be baptized without delay.
2. The Baptism is ordinarily celebrated on Sunday at the celebration of the Eucharist or Mass. Doing so enables the sacrament to be properly celebrated as a communal and ecclesial event.
3. To help parents and godparents prepare for the sacrament, we offer Baptism Preparation. The sessions are offered on the first Wednesday of the month. The session offers parents and godparents a time of discernment on Christian life, like
– a well founded belief of the parents’ intention and capacity to raise the child in the Catholic faith,
– acceptance of the doctrine of the Creed,
– regular participation in the worship of the Church, especially faithful, weekly attendance at Holy Mass,
– evidence of personal prayer life,
– a concern to show charity to others and
– a life-style influenced by belief in the Lord Jesus and a commitment to the way of life to which He invites us.
What are the prerequisites for godparents or sponsors?
1. one male or one female godparent or one of each.
2. must be at least 16 years old
3. must be fully initiated Catholic, having received Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation
4. lives the life of faith
5. not the mother or the father of the child. A baptized non-Catholic person may, together with a godparent, may stand only as a witness to the Baptism.
Who can I contact to learn more about infant baptism and to get scheduled for a class?
You may give Anthony Klosterman a call at (585) 924-2800.