Baptism


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For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. The Sacrament of Baptism, is the first of the seven sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church, frequently called the "first sacrament", the "door of the sacraments", and the "door of the Church".

Baptism marks the entry of the believer into the Christian community. Along with Confirmation and Eucharist, it is one of the Sacraments of Initiation, giving access to the full sacramental life of the Church. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and joined with Christ, sharing in His divinity and destined for eternal life. Baptism leaves us permanently changed, no longer the person we once were, but a new person, dying to death and sin, and rising to new life in Christ. In the words of St. Paul, "We were buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so too may we live a new life." (Romans 6:4).

The rite consists of pouring water over the head while saying the Trinitarian formula. Anyone can baptize in an emergency, although the usual minister of the sacrament is a priest or deacon. Usually the rite includes anointing the forehead with holy oil to indicate that, even as Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, and King, so does the candidate now share in His everlasting life, participating in His glory as a member of His body. The newly baptized then receives a white garment and a candle lit from the paschal candle. Like Christ, who is the light of the world, the newly baptized Christian carries the light of Christ out into the world.

Ordinarily at St. Philip Neri - St. Albert the Great Parish, Baptisms are celebrated throughout the year except during Lent. Parents and godparents are invited to participate in a short preparation program.

Please use the contact us link beside or call the Parish Office to make arrangements or for more information .

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