Baptism is the first of the sacraments–the first sacrament that a person receives as they enter life in Christian faith and the foundational sacrament for all the others. The word “baptize,” comes from the Greek “to immerse.” Being washed in the waters of baptism symbolizes death to sin and resurrection to new life in Christ. Through baptism, we become members of the Body of Christ and are incorporated into the Church.
From earliest times, the Roman Catholic Church has administered the sacrament of Baptism to infants. All persons, regardless of their age, have need of new birth in Baptism, says the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Baptism confers “the priceless grace of becoming a child of God,” and is often done shortly after a child’s birth. In addition, parents want to pass along their own faith and the values that flow from that faith to their child. Baptism marks the beginning of this faith life.
St. John Paul II called the family the Domestic Church, the Christian home where a child begins to experience life as part of a collection of families called the Church. At Baptism, the parents and sponsors, along with the whole Christian community, take upon themselves the responsibility to make the Church and the world a place that will offer to the newly baptized child the love and support needed to grow to full Christian adulthood.
New parents and godparents are asked to take a Baptism preparation class prior to the sacrament. Baptisms are normally scheduled the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, but other times can be arranged if clergy are available. Please contact Lynette Martin at (541) 757-1988 x304 to enroll in preparation and to schedule a Baptism.