Baptism is the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the other sacraments (CCC 1213). It is like birth – indeed, Christ calls it a “new birth” (John 3:5), a birth from above.
Baptism has two effects, one of which takes something away and the other of which gives something. “Through Baptism we are (1) freed from sin and (2) reborn as sons and daughters of God; we become members of Christ incorporated into the Church” (CCC 1213).
All parents are required to attend a preparation class in anticipation of the Baptism of their first child. A team of parish staff and parishioners shares the theology and ritual of the sacrament and presents ideas for early religious training of the child. The class is offered three times a year. Please watch the Parish Bulletin for dates and times.