The Sacraments » Baptism


Baptism is the foundation of the Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and to the other sacraments.  Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God.  We become members of the Body of Christ, a member of the Church, the People of God, and the Church’s mission becomes our mission.

More Information:

  • There are different preparation programs and different rites depending on whether it is a baby, a school-aged child, an adult - as well as whether the person is unbaptised or validly baptized.  (See also Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults/ link)
  • There is usually a well planned program for baptism preparation. Catechists and lay leaders work with pastors and pastoral assistants in their preparation of parents for the sacrament.
  • There are certain requirements for receiving the sacrament. For more information, contact the pastor of your parish or mission.
Jesus says, "Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, one cannot enter the kingdom of God." (John 3:3,5)

Baptism is God's most beautiful and magnificent gift....We call it gift, grace, anointing, enlightenment, garment of immortality, bath of rebirth, seal, and most precious gift. It is called gift because it is conferred on those who bring nothing of their own; grace since it is given even to the guilty; Baptism because sin is buried in the water; anointing for it is priestly and royal as are those who are anointed; enlightenment because it radiates light; clothing since it veils our shame; bath because it washes; and seal as it is our guard and the sign of God's Lordship.

(St. Gregory of Nazianzus)