The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated during weekend Masses. Please call either parish office to make arrangements. Parents must attend a Baptism preparation class. Our next baptism class will be Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 6:00 pm at St. Charles. Please call the parish office with any questions at 754-4194 or email Tessa Hoffman at email@example.com .
About the Sacrament
In his dialogue with Nicodemus, Jesus taught that Baptism was necessary for salvation. “No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.” (Jn 3:5) After his Resurrection, Jesus met with the eleven Apostles and gave them the commission to preach the Gospel and baptize, telling them, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved.” (Mk 16:16)
The word baptism in its origins is Greek and means “immersion” and “bath.” Immersion in water is a sign of death and emersion out of the water means new life. To bathe in water is also to undergo cleansing. Saint Paul sums up this truth when he says, “You were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.” (Col 2:12)
The origin and foundation of Christian Baptism is Jesus. Before starting his public ministry, Jesus submitted himself to the baptism given by John the Baptist. The waters did not purify him; he cleansed the waters. “He comes to sanctify the Jordan for our sake . . . to begin a new creation through the Spirit and water.” (St. Gregory Nazianzen, Liturgy of the Hours, I, 634)
Jesus’ immersion in the water is a sign for all human beings of the need to die to themselves to do God’s will. Jesus did not need to be baptized because he was totally faithful to the will of his Father and free from sin. However, he wanted to show his solidarity with human beings in order to reconcile them to the Father.
By commanding his disciples to baptize all nations, he established the means by which people would die to sin—original and actual— and begin to live a new life with God.
Pray for our Newly Baptized
Watch over these children. Send your blessing on them so that they might grow in Christian maturity. Bless the parents, families, friends, and all who nourish these children. Help them to grow in your grace. We give thanks for the gift of these unique and tiny children who reminds us of your incredible love. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Grow with your Child After Baptism
St. Charles School
Religious Education, St. Charles and St. Joseph-St. Mary