Baptism: Sacrament of Christian Initiation

The sacraments of Christian initiation - Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist - lay the foundations of every Christian life. Christian initiation is accomplished by three sacraments together: Baptism which is the beginning of new life; Confirmation which is its strengthening; and the Eucharist which nourishes the disciple with Christ's Body and Blood for his transformation in Christ.

 

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 other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word." Incorporated into Christ by Baptism, the person baptized is configured to Christ. Baptism seals the Christian with the indelible spiritual mark (character) of his belonging to Christ. No sin can erase this mark, even if sin prevents Baptism from bearing the fruits of salvation. Given once for all, Baptism cannot be repeated.

 

The information above as well as additional information about the Sacraments of the Church can be found at: The Vatican Website

 

Where is Baptism in Scripture?

Matthew 3:13-17, Matthew 28:19-20, John 1:32, John 3:3,5, John 3:22, John 4:1, Acts 8:36, Acts 1:47, Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16 and many more!

 

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Interested in getting your child baptized? Congratulations! First, you'll need to get in contact with your local parish.

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Never been baptized? Join the Church! Our doors are always open. Our Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) sessions run from the fall through the spring.

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Have Additional Questions about Baptism?
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