In his dialogue with Nicodemus, Jesus taught that Baptism was necessary for salvation. “No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit” (Jn 3:5). After his Resurrection, Jesus met with the eleven Apostles and gave them the commission to preach the Gospel and baptize, telling them, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mk 16:16).
The word baptism in its origins is Greek and means “immersion” and “bath.” Immersion in water is a sign of death and emersion out of the water means new life. To bathe in water is also to undergo cleansing. Saint Paul sums up this truth when he says, “You were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead” (Col 2:12).
The origin and foundation of Christian Baptism is Jesus. Before starting his public ministry, Jesus submitted himself to the baptism given by John the Baptist. The waters did not purify him; he cleansed the waters. “He comes to sanctify the Jordan for our sake . . . to begin a new creation through the Spirit and water” (St. Gregory Nazianzen, Liturgy of the Hours, I, 634).
Jesus’ immersion in the water is a sign for all human beings of the need to die to themselves to do God’s will. Jesus did not need to be baptized because he was totally faithful to the will of his Father and free from sin. However, he wanted to show his solidarity with human beings in order to reconcile them to the Father.
By commanding his disciples to baptize all nations, he established the means by which people would die to sin—Original and actual—and begin to live a new life with God.
“Catholic parents preparing for the baptism of their infant are expected to participate in a process of sacramental preparation before the baptism of their child. Godparents may also be encouraged to participate.”
(Archdiocesan Policy 101.3.1)
- On request for infant baptism, the call will be directed to Pastoral Associate Matthew Brophy, who will arrange a time to meet with the couple.
- At the first session an interview with both parents will take place. The purpose of this interview is to provide added catechesis for the couple, provide an opportunity to encourage parents to complete their own initiation into full membership with the church, if desired, and to complete the form with all the necessary information for the baptism.
- A second session is required for both parents. The formation sessions are held on Friday evenings on Sunday mornings. The schedule of dates will be available to you at the initial interview with Matthew Brophy At this session the catechesis related to the sacrament of baptism and the rite, as well as parenting experiences and family faith development, will be conducted by the minister and/or the parent couples who have previously had their first or second child baptized.
This policy applies to all infants up to 3 years old. Children who are 3, 4 and 5 years old are to be catechized according to arrangements made by the minister during the first session, e.g. RCIC, Family group, etc.
Baptisms begin at 1:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. Baptism at a Sunday Liturgy is possible according to the Parish Schedule.
This policy applies to all couples regardless of the number of children previously baptized. An offering of $25.00 is suggested.