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. . . . 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. -USCCB
In Baptism, the Holy Spirit moves us to answer Christ's call to holiness. In Baptism, we are asked to walk by the light of Christ and to trust in his wisdom. We are invited to submit our hearts to Christ with ever deeper love.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND BAPTISM?
Because Baptism is the beginning of a life-long process of growth in Christ. It is the sacrament of faith that brings a person into the community of the Church and makes him/her one with Christ. Baptism is the foundation of our life with Christ.
Rules for Baptism
1. Be an registered and active parishioner for at least 3 months or have a letter from previous parish.
2. Attend a Baptism Seminar: Baptism Seminars are offered quarterly on Saturday mornings. Please call the office for the next date.
3. Choose Godparents: Choose people who can fill the positions of teachers and guides for the child in future years. They are expected to take an active part in the life of the newly baptized person. Godparents represent the entire community of faith.
QUALIFICATIONS OF A GODPARENT
A. Godparents must be members of the Catholic Church (for exceptions, speak with your pastor).
B. Godparents must be fully initiated (they must have received Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist).
C. Godparents must be mature enough to assume the necessary responsibilities. Their own lives should be filled with faith and Christian service - as an example and as a source of encouragement.
D. If the godparents are not from this parish, they must provide verification from their own pastor that they have permission to become godparents.
E. If the godparents are married, they must be married in the Catholic Church, or their marriage be recognized by the Catholic Church.
The Sacrament of Baptism for Adults is celebrated at the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday as part of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)