Baptism is the first step, the gate, toward providing a spirituality for Christian living. It is the invitation to begin formation that hands on the faith that the apostles received from Christ. Baptism begins the process of conversion and discipleship. It incorporates persons into the mystery of Christ and into the faith community. “Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway of life in the Spirit...and the door which gives access to the other sacraments...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). “I solemnly assure you, no one can enter into God’s kingdom without being begotten of water and Spirit”(John 3:4)
“Baptism is therefore, above all, the sacrament of the faith by which, enlightened by the grace of the Holy Spirit, we respond to the Gospel of Christ. That is why the Church believes that it is its most basic and necessary duty to inspire all, catechumens, parents of children still to be baptized, and godparents, to that true and living faith by which they hold fast to Christ and enter into or confirm their commitment to the New Covenant. In order to enliven such faith, the Church prescribes the pastoral instruction of catechumens, the preparation of the children’s parents, the celebration of God’s word, and the profession of faith at the celebration of baptism” (RCIA-3)
Register at the SJCC office. 4 hours of classes are required.
*BOTH Godparents MUST be confirmed Catholics and have proof of Catholic marriage or be living single.
*Call the office for info on children age 8 and older & Adults.