Baptism

The Sacrament of Baptism, the first Sacrament of Christian Initiation, is the basis of the entire Christian life. In Baptism we become members of the body of Christ and of the Church, and we also become sharers in her mission to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world.

In Baptism we descend into the waters of death in order to rise to new life in Christ. Through Baptism we are enlightened by the Word that is Christ and receive “true light” that enlightens every follower of Jesus.

The human being becomes a new creation in the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The stain of Original Sin is washed away and the person becomes an adopt son or daughter of God. They are joined to Jesus Christ and receive the Holy Spirit, and become members of the Church.

We recall St. Peter in Acts of the Apostles addressing the crowd after Pentecost saying, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the Holy Spirit.

The reception of the Sacrament of Baptism leaves an indelible mark, an invisible mark on the soul. We are chosen and sealed for Christ, and consecrated for Christian worship. In baptism, the person is anointed, and this empowers us to be disciples; to be priests, prophets, and kings in Christ.

Those seeking the Sacrament of Baptism should contact St. Rene Goupil Parish. There will be a required Baptismal preparation session leading up to the eventual day of the Baptism, which is a joyous celebration for all family and friends as we welcome a new disciple into the family of God.

 

Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. (John 3:5)