The Sacrament of Baptism celebrates the beginning of our life in Christ, and is part of the initiation process into His body, the Church. Along with Confirmation and Eucharist, Baptism forms the very foundation of our lives as Catholic Christians. It is, therefore a most important step in a person’s life, and should not be entered into lightly.
The Baptism Preparation Ministry in the parish is to assist the parents and godparents bringing their child to the Church for this sacrament to do so with full knowledge of the rights and responsibilities connected with reception of the sacrament. Since in most cases the child to be baptized is too young to speak for him/herself, it is the parent, parents or godparents who speak on the child’s behalf. Through an open discussion of what Baptism into Christ means, as well as helping all to incorporate a lived faith life into daily life, it is hoped that Baptism will truly bring new life not only to the child, but to his/her whole family.
Meeting on the Thursday evening before the Sunday Baptism date at 7:30pm in the Chapel Meeting Room for a one and a half to two hour “class”, participants are invited to open their hearts to the working of the Holy Spirit in their lives as well as that of their children.
For more information as to how you might join the team preparing parishioners for the reception of Baptism, or to start the preparation process for yourself and your child, please contact:
Deacon John Silvia