"Now, why delay? Get up and have yourself baptized and your sins washed away, calling upon his name."
- Acts 22:16
What is Baptism?
For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church's way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.
Who can be baptized?
"Every person not yet baptized and only such a person is able to be baptized." (CCC, 1246)
For a Baptism to be valid, it does not have to have occurred in a Catholic church. Any Christian denomination which believes in the Trinity can perform a valid Christian Baptism. This sacrament can only be received once.
Why should I have my child baptized?
Baptism is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation. Through Baptism, a person's soul is cleansed of Original Sin and they become a member of the Body of Christ and the Church. "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." (CCC, 1277)
What if I was not baptized as a child?
The Catholic Church practices both adult and infant baptism. While infant baptism is the most common, many adults are baptized each year. The process for entering the Catholic Church as an adult is called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Through RCIA, adults learn more about the Catholic faith and take the steps necessary to become full members of the Church. They are then welcomed into the Church at the Easter Vigil Mass and receive all three Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation). For more information about the RCIA program at St. Peter Parish contact Sheila Roy at 586-468-4578.