Sacrament of Baptism
To fully participate in the life of the Catholic Church, both children and adults must receive three sacraments of initiation. These sacraments act as a foundation in the spiritual life and are necessary to receive some of the other sacraments of the Church. Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist are the three sacraments of initiation that lay a strong spiritual foundation for the Christian life.
The faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life. By means of these sacraments of Christian initiation, they thus receive in increasing measure the treasures of the divine life and advance toward the perfection of charity.
By Baptism, we become members of the Church, the Body of Christ. 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 free from sin and faithful to the will of his Father. However, he wanted to show his solidarity with human beings to reconcile them to the Father. By commanding his disciples to baptize all nations, he established how people would die to sin – Original and actual – and begin to live a new life with God.
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.
If you or someone you know would like to be Baptized or would simply like to know more about the Sacrament of Baptism, please contact the Parish Office: (941) 923-1691.