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, we become
members of Christ, and are incorporated into the Church.
Since the beginning of the world, water has been the source of life
and faithfulness. The Church has seen a prefiguring of salvation by
Baptism in Noah’s ark. The crossing of the Red Sea announces the
liberation wrought by Baptism. It is prefigured in the crossing of the
Jordan River by which the Israelites received the gift of the land
promised to Abraham’s descendants. All the Old Covenant
prefigurations find their fulfillment in Christ Jesus. Our Lord
voluntarily submitted himself to the baptism of St. John in order to
“fulfill all righteousness.” The Holy Spirit hovered over the waters
and the Father revealed Jesus as His “beloved Son.”
At Pentecost, St. Peter declared “Repent, and be baptized. . .for
the forgiveness of your sins.” (Acts 3:19) According to St. Paul,
believers enter through Baptism into communion with Christ’s
death. The baptized have “put on Christ,” and through the Holy
Spirit, Baptism is a bath that purifies, justifies and sanctifies.
The rite of Baptism includes the gestures of the sign of the cross,
pouring of the water, and anointing with sacred chrism. The white
garment symbolizes that the person has risen with Christ. The
candle signifies Christ, the “light of the world.”
We encourage our parish families to present their newborn infants
for the Sacrament of Baptism soon after birth, because this
sacrament is the foundation of the Christian life. Through Baptism
the child now has access to the other sacraments.
for your child’s Baptism, you should ask yourselves some
questions: “What place does God have in our lives?” “What place
does the Church have in our lives?” “Are we striving to practice our
we intend to go to church?”
For a Catholic, the desire to have a child baptized should indicate
an acceptance of the teaching of Jesus Christ as handed on to us
by the Church. It is best if the child’s first or middle name is shared
by someone famous for Christian faith and goodness. Choosing a
saint’s name gives your child a hero to imitate, and a helper in
Your child must have at least one godparent, who is at least 16
years old, and a fully-initiated (confirmed) and practicing Catholic in
regularly). We ask that the godparents obtain a letter from their
pastor attesting to these things. A godparent should be chosen
because he/she is someone who will pray for your child, and who
can help you to teach your child to be a good Catholic by word and
example. If there are to be two godparents, one must be a man,
and the other a woman.
Adult Baptisms follow the directives of the RCIA program. Anyone
over the age of 7 is considered an adult.
If you feel ready to accept the responsibility of raising your child in
the Catholic Faith, contact the parish office to inquire about
Baptism Preparation classes.
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Call the Parish Office (740-732-4129)
to discuss the fine details of Baptism in your parish
and then attend the Baptismal Preparation Session.
Please view the history/theology of Baptism,
it would be good to read about and understand
this most important Sacrament.
Celebrate the Baptism in your Parish
Live and then grow together as a family learning to
know and love God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.