All Christian denominations share the sacrament of Baptism; one of the Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church. Baptism frequently called the “first sacrament” is the gateway to the rest of the sacraments.Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God and become members of the mystical body of Christ as we are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission. “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word. (CCC: 1213)”
In the Catholic Church, baptisms usually take place on Sundays, during the parish Mass or in the early afternoon after all the Masses are over. In most cases, the parish priest or deacon administers the sacrament. The priest will anoint the person being baptized with oils, and pour blessed water over the their head not just once but three times.
A person being baptized in the Catholic Church is expected to dress in white. The white symbolizes purity of faith and the cleansing power of Baptism. The white garment symbolizes the white garments Jesus wore when he was placed in the tomb after his death on Good Friday. While an infant may wear a baptismal gown handed down for generations; an adult typically puts on a full-length white gown known as an alb.
Baptism in Radville Pastoral Zone
So you have chosen to baptize your child into the Catholic Church. Congratulations! We are very excited to celebrate this decision with you! With your child’s baptism into the Church begins a fabulous journey. Baptism will be the first step in your child’s faith journey. Confirmation and finally holy communion will complete the journey of faith. The parents take on the solemn responsibility of the journey of faith. Radville Pastoral Zone will be beside you and support you as your child moves through this journey. So let’s work together to ensure your family and ours grow together to become a source of life, inspiration, hope and support!
While our parishes offer preparation classes all year, we do require they are complete before the sacrament.
Choosing godparents for your child’s baptism is an important part of preparation. So you have a better understanding of Church requirements for this role, please wait to choose godparents until after our first session. During preparation classes we will discuss the special requirements for Godparents.
“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…” -The Catechism of the Catholic Church #1213