And people were bringing children to Jesus that He might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this He became indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God as a little child shall not enter it.” Then He embraced them and blessed them, placing His hands on them (Mark 10:13-16)
In the Catholic Church, each of the seven Sacraments is linked with at least one passage from the Gospels. The above citation from Mark 10 is often associated with the Sacrament of Baptism. In the passage we see that parents who have already encountered our Lord want their children to meet Him, as well. Much to the chagrin of the disciples, Jesus graciously receives the children and both embraces and blesses them.
Through the Sacrament of Baptism, the same dynamic unfolds in the Church today. Parents who themselves have encountered Christ through the Catholic Church and the Sacraments desire the same for their children. Baptism is the foundational sacrament that provides the sacred context whereby our Lord receives a child with great joy, embraces that child, and offers him every love and grace He has to give.
Regarding Baptism, the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches the following:
- Baptism is the birth into the new life in Christ. In accordance with the Lord’s will, it is necessary for salvation, as is the Church herself, which we enter in Baptism (#1277).
- 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 of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit (#1278).
- 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 (#1282).
Please come to the rectory to register your child for baptism with a copy of your child's birth certificate.
Parents are required to attend a pre-baptism class after registering. Classes are offered on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm in the church. (Adults only, please.)
At least one Godparent must be a practicing Catholic in good standing with their church and present a sponsor letter stating they are a participating member of the parish.
Baptisms take place on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month.
If you are interested in being baptized into the Church as an adult, please click here to visit our Religious Education / RCIA pages and contact Bill Harvalle at the Rectory Office 954-942-3570.