Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons and daughters of God; we become members of Christ. We're incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water and in the word." This sacrament is called Baptism, after the central rite by which it is carried out: to baptize means to "plunge" or "immerse"; the "plunge" into the water symbolizes the catechumen's burial into Christ's death, from which he rises up by resurrection with him, as "a new creature. This sacrament is also called "the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit," for it signifies and actually brings about the birth of water and the Spirit without which no one "can enter the kingdom of God."
- One parent must be Catholic
- One Godparent must be Catholic, 16 years of age and have received the Sacrament of Confirmation
Baptisms are the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month, unless there is a specific request for another time and a priest or deacon is available.
We strongly recommend that all couples attend the BAPTISMAL CLASS, the first Monday of each month.
Please contact Sr. Theresa Nagel at the Holy Family Pastoral Center 315-488-3139 extension 107 for more information.