“Baptism is birth into the new life in Christ. In accordance with the Lord’s will, it is necessary for salvation, as is the Church herself, which we enter by Baptism” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1277)
After the resurrection of the Lord, Jesus commissioned His disciples to preach the Gospel message and baptize. The word Baptism means “immersion”. In Baptism, we give ourselves to God by being immersed in water; this immersion signifies a death to sin, the cleansing mercy of God, and the gift of divine Life which renders us His children.
Our Baptism has its origins in the Baptism of Jesus. Before He began His public ministry, Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Jesus did not need to be baptized because He was free from sin and totally faithful to the will of His Father. Yet, He gave us a model of the need to die to self in order to do the will of God. Through Baptism we begin a new life in Christ.
Baptism is the first of the three sacraments of initiation, which include Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
St. Mary of the Assumption parish requires that all parents attend a meeting with a priest of the parish. This meeting lasts about 1 hour. Other meetings may be necessary and are at the discretion of the priest.
If your child is of the age of reason (7 years) or older and has not been baptized, then you will be asked to participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation process, where the youth will receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Please call the parish office for more information concerning this process.