THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.” (CCC 1213)
The first of the seven Sacraments, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Baptism is the first and chief sacrament of forgiveness of sins because it unites us with Christ, who died for our sins and rose for our justification. Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist constitute the “sacraments of initiation” by which a believer receives the remission of original and personal sin, begins a new life in Christ and the Holy Spirit, and is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ. The rite of Baptism consists in immersing the candidate in water, or pouring water on the head, while pronouncing the invocation of the Most Holy Trinity: The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Source: Catechism of the Catholic Church)
If you want to baptise your child, please:
- Attend a weekend Mass at OLA Pagewood Parish. Speak with the priest after Mass to request the baptism.
- Complete the application form for baptism.
- Attend to a baptism preparation session.
- At least one Godparent must be a Catholic who has received the Sacrament of Confirmation and receive the Eucharist.
- The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated on Sunday after 10:00am Mass.