Baptism

What is it?

Baptism is the sacrament that gives our souls the new life of sanctifying grace by which we become children of God and heirs of Heaven.

Amen, amen, I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (John 3:5)

What does Baptism actually do?

Baptism takes away original sin; and also actual sin and all the punishment due to them, if the person baptized be guilty of any actual sins and truly sorry for them.

Get up and be baptized and wash away thy sins, calling on his name. (Acts 22:16)

When should children be baptized?

Children should be baptized as soon as possible after birth.

Who should be chosen as godparents for Baptism?

Only Catholics who know their faith and live up to the duties of their religion should be chosen as godparents for Baptism. Godparents must have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation and must be at least 16 years of age.

What is the duty of a godparent after Baptism?

The duty of a godparent after Baptism is to see that the child is brought up a good Catholic, if this is not done by the parents.

What do we promise through our godparents in Baptism?

We promise through our godparents in Baptism to renounce the devil and to live according to the teachings of Christ and of His Church.

I’m an adult, can I be baptized?

YES! Absolutely! If you have never been baptized we encourage you to contact us.   If you have already been baptized in another Christian religion and are interested in converting to Catholicism, it is not necessary to be baptized again. You may enter the Church through a profession of faith and receive Confirmation and the Eucharist. Generally this follows a year of Catechism known as The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).