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Baptism

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

- Acts 2:38

The Sacrament of Baptism is often called "The door of the Church," because it is the first of the seven Sacraments not only in time, but also in priority. The reception of all other Sacraments depends on it. Baptism is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation, the other two being the Sacrament of Confirmation and the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Once baptized, a person becomes a member of the Church.

The Role of the Community

Baptisms are normally celebrated during Mass. Christian initiation is an ecclesial event - the sacramental act by which the community welcomes others into its life. It's presence and involvement constitute the basic shape of the sacramental sign.

Baptism Preparation for Infants

Preparation for parents, including discussion of the signs, symbols and meaning of baptism, is required prior to the celebration of the Sacrament. To have your child baptized at our parish, please contact the Parish Office.

Preparation should be arranged at least two weeks in advance. 

The Sacrament of Baptism as described by Fr. Raphael Mary of the Catholic Newman Center at the University of Washington.

Published on May 27, 2010

When many of us were baptized, say a half century or so ago, the concern was to rush to have a child baptized right away to remove original sin and allow the child to receive sanctifying grace and make him or her a temple of God. Today, we have an appreciation of this sacrament as part of something larger, initiation into the Church. Featuring Msgr. John Zenz, of the archdiocese of Detroit.

Published on Oct 4, 2011

BustedHalo.com's fantastic introduction to the Sacraments series:

Why, exactly, do Catholics have the practice of baptizing infants? What is the purpose of baptism and who can celebrate the sacrament of Baptism? Do the godparents of our child need to be married to each other? These are questions and more are answered in this edition of "Sacraments 101," a web video series geared for those who'd like an introduction or refresher course on these important, tangible Catholic experiences of God. Baptism is the beginning of the sacramental life of the Church. So, let's begin...

Join Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP, as he explains why the Catholic Church practices infant baptism, as well as who can be baptized, what is needed, and what is involved in this humorous and informative short video.

MUSIC CREDITS:

"Bathed in the Light"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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"Dragonfly" by Alex (feat. Snowflake)
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"Keep on movin (oldschool version)" by colab (feat. Forensic)
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"Picnic" by Fireproof_Babies (feat. Alex)
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Published on Jul 17, 2013

Another part of a video series from Wordonfire.org. Father Barron will be commenting on subjects from modern day culture. For more visit http://www.wordonfire.org/

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