Baptism

Contact Leo Moreda lmoreda@saintraphael.org 865.5708

Baptism In the mystery of Baptism, God stoops to meet us; he comes close to us and in turn brings us closer to one another.  Baptism means that Jesus Christ adopts us as his brothers and sisters, welcoming us as sons and daughters into God’s family.             

Pope Benedict XVI

Welcome and congratulations on your decision to celebrate the Baptism of your child with our parish community.  What a joyous occasion for your family and our entire parish.  The Parish community shares in your joy and is privileged in bringing a new Catholic Christian into the Church.

Theology of Baptism: 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 and daughters of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission.

Baptism is the sacrament by which one is enlightened, by the Spirit’s grace, to respond to the Gospel of Christ. This is why the Church believes it is her most basic and necessary duty to welcome, invite, form and inspire all to celebrate Baptism. To accomplish this, the Church provides pastoral means, including preparation, formation, and instruction for all, in infant Baptism namely the parent(s) and godparents, desiring to celebrate Baptism.

Baptism Process: We have enhanced our Baptism Preparation and Celebration with an intentional focus on the lifelong faith formation of parents and godparents.  All couples presenting a child/children for Baptism are asked to attend two formation sessions prior to the celebration of their child/children’s Baptism.  Each of the sessions will last approximately two hours.  The sessions will include adult faith sharing and formation, catechesis of the Sacrament, an opportunity to cover the logistical aspects of Baptism preparation, and some practical suggestions for creating a Catholic home.  Parents will register for the formation sessions as part of the registration process.  The Baptism registration may be found at the “registration” tab on right.  For a complete list of dates and times for the sessions please visit the “Session and Baptism Schedule” tab on the right.

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Baptism Celebrations: The communal celebrations of English Baptisms are scheduled for the first and third Saturday’s of each month.  There are also several Baptism celebrations scheduled for particular Sunday Liturgies throughout the year.  Parents may choose the date for the celebration of their child’s Baptism during the first formation session.

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