“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
“Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), 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, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1213
When are Baptisms celebrated?
Baptism Classes – $25
At least one godparent must be a confirmed Catholic and lead a life in harmony with the Catholic faith. Proof of Confirmation and, if applicable, marriage in the Catholic Church must be provided.
Baptism is the sacrament of faith. But faith needs the community of believers. It is only within the faith of the Church that each of the faithful can believe. The faith required for Baptism is not a perfect and mature faith, but a beginning that is called to develop. The godparent is asked: “What do you ask of God’s Church?” The response is: “Faith!” CCC 1253
You must pre-register at the front desk prior to the date you will be taking the class.
If you are taking the class to be a sponsor you must provide proof of the sacrament of confirmation and (if applicable) marriage in the Church.
For more information contact Deacon John at deaconjohn@StJohnPaul2.org.
The first of the seven sacraments, and the “door” which gives access to the other sacraments. Baptism is the first and chief sacrament of forgiveness of sins because it unites us with Christ, who died for our sins and rose for our justification. Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist constitute the “sacraments of initiation” by which a believer receives the remission of original and personal sin, begins a new life in Christ and the Holy Spirit, and is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ.