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." CCC 1213
Baptism is the sacrament that frees man from original sin and from personal guilt, that makes him a member of Christ and His Church. It is thus the door to a new and supernatural life.
This sacrament has been undisputed in the Church since the beginning of Christian tradition. It has never been rejected by any heresy intending to remain on a Christian basis. Doubts could arise only about the ways and means of administering it and on its effects and way of operation. These things are therefore in essence what Church documents about baptism deal with.
Baptism is a true sacrament instituted by Christ. It is administered by washing with natural water and at the same time invoking the Most Holy Trinity. Anybody, even an unbeliever or a heretic can validly administer baptism. Since it confers grace by the signs' being properly carried out, children can and should be baptized even while still infants. Baptism is necessary for salvation. Baptism effects the remission of original sin and actual sins and of all punishment due to sin; it confers sanctifying grace, membership in Christ and in the Church and the obligation to obey the Church's laws, and give an indelible character.
This sacrament is known as the first sacrament of the Church. Anyone who accepts Jesus as the Savior enters into God's church through the Sacrament of Baptism. Adults who were not baptized and desire baptism enter the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) process. Parents or legal guardians for anyone under the age of seven who seeks Baptism can do so by contacting the parish office. Parents may be asked to fulfill certain prerequisites prior to the actual Baptism of their child.
For infants and young children, the joyous celebration of baptismal liturgy brings families together. Baptisms are often done during a Saturday or Sunday Mass - although they may happen at other times. With regard to Baptism during Masses, it is in this way that we fulfill the ideal to celebrate the sacraments as a community gathered. Please feel free to review possible dates by contacting the parish office. Other times are possible for families who have a priest or deacon who is a family member or close friend. If this is the case, please contact the parish office to schedule a time.
Godparents should be selected with great care. They should be faith-filled Catholics who are practicing the faith. If two are chosen, they must be of the opposite sex to maintain the image of parents. One must be a fully initiated Catholic over the age of 16. The second should be a Catholic although a validly baptized individual of another Christian faith may be chosen as a Christian Witness. Unbaptized individuals cannot be chosen. There are other exceptions so please contact the parish office before making a final selection for godparents.
Our Baptism Prep Class is to prepare you, not only for the day of the Baptism itself, but also for the journey of faith that you, as a family, are committing to at Baptism. Baptismal Prep takes between 2-3 hours. During the prep class we review the Old and New Testament themes of Baptism and we go through a dry-run of the actual Baptism ceremony. It is through the collaborative efforts of you, the parents, and us, your parish, that children will first learn of God's love for them.
Together we rejoice in this and all of the Sacramental moments in the lives of our children. Together we commit to helping these children know the light of God's presence in their lives.
As with marriage preparation, preparation for the sacrament of baptism of children is an opportunity to evangelize or renew and to strengthen adult relationships with Christ and the Church.
An effective preparation program continues the ongoing formation of parents and provides an opportunity for a closer relationship with their local parish community.
Please contact Gwyn Duke in the parish office to learn more about scheduling a baptism at Our Lady of the Mountains.