Among the seven sacraments in the Catholic Church, three of them are considered “Sacraments of Initiation” – Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. In the Roman Catholic tradition the Western Rite) these sacraments are normally celebrated separately – Baptism during infancy, First Eucharist at the age of reason and Confirmation at the time of young adulthood. In this way, each of the sacraments can be celebrated honoring their own emphasis and distinction. In the Byzantine Catholic tradition (the Eastern Rite) these sacraments are normally celebrated in one simultaneous ritual, emphasizing their unity as Sacraments of Initiation. When adults are received into the Roman Catholic Church the simultaneous celebration of these sacraments is used, normally during the Easter Vigil.
Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to the 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 of God; 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)
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Options for the Rite of Baptism:
1. Immersion rather than the pouring of the water
2. A Communal celebration of the Rite of Baptism
3. Baptism celebrated during Mass
More information on Baptism from the USCCB:
Christ brings us to him through the Sacrament of Baptism
Infant Baptisms are celebrated at a mutually agreeable time. Contact the Parish Office to schedule.