Our Christian Life is rooted in the sacrament of Baptism whereby a infant, a child, or an adult receives new life in Christ. It is necessary for salvation, as is the Church herself, which we enter by Baptism. The essential rite of Baptism consist in one being immersed into water or having water poured onto one’s head, while pronouncing the invocation of the Most Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son or daughter of the Father, a member of Christ’s mystical body the Church and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ.
Since the earliest times, Baptism has been administered to children, for it is a grace and a gift of God that does not presuppose any human merit. Jesus said, “let the children come to me.” Parents and guardians make a saving choice to present their children for Baptism.
Preparation and Scheduling
The Sacrament of Baptism for Infants and Young Children is available every Sunday after the 9am or 11am Mass. We welcome you to contact the parish office to schedule your child’s Baptism by calling the parish office at (309) 674-5072 or by emailing the parish office at email@example.com.
For non-baptized adults, the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) classes serve as preparation for baptism. If you are interested, please call the parish office at (309) 674-5072 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org