Baptism

The sacrament of baptism ushers us into the divine life, cleanses us from sin, and initiates us as members of the Christian community. It is the foundation for the sacramental life.

At baptism, the presider prays over the water:

Father, look now with love upon your Church, and unseal for her the fountain of baptism. By the power of the Holy Spirit give to this water the grace of your Son, so that in the sacrament of baptism all those whom you have created in your likeness may be cleansed from sin and rise to a new birth of innocence by water and the Holy Spirit. (Christian Initiation of Adults, #222A)

Freed from Sin

Baptism frees us from the bondage of original and actual sin. Water is poured in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Today, the sacrament of baptism is often performed on infants, shortly after birth. Adult baptisms take place at the Easter Vigil through the restored Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Adults or children who have been baptized in a valid Christian church are not baptized again in the Catholic church. As we say in the Nicene Creed, “I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins…”

The Catechism teaches:
"The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ" (CCC 1279).

Baptismal Symbols

  • Water – The waters of baptism recall Jesus’ own baptism by John the Baptist in the river Jordan. Water is a symbol of cleansing and renewal as we begin a new life in Christ. We are washed clean of sin.
  • Oil – At baptism we are anointed into the life of Christ as “priest, prophet and king.” A cross is traced on the candidate’s forehead as a reminder that we are inheritors of the Kingdom of God.
  • Light – The baptismal candle is lit from the Paschal or Easter candle that stands in the church as a sign of Christ’s light in the world. At baptism, we receive the light of Christ and are called forth to share this light with the world.
  • White garment – The white garment that is placed upon us at baptism is a symbol of Christ’s victory over death and his glorious resurrection. Likewise, the white garment or pall that is placed over the coffin at the time of death recalls our baptismal promises and reminds us that we are destined for eternal life.

While in ordinary circumstances, sacraments in the Catholic Church are administered validly by a member of the ordained clergy, in an emergency situation, the sacrament of baptism can be administered by anyone.

In case of necessity, any person can baptize provided that he have the intention of doing that which the Church does and provided that he pour water on the candidates head while saying: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (CCC 1284).

 

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

Baptism for Infants and Young Children

Baptism is the first step in welcoming a young person to the Catholic community and affirming our commitment to their faith development. As St. Paul writes, “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).

“For the grace of Baptism to unfold, the parents’ help is important.  So, too, is the role of the Godfather and Godmother who must be firm believers…” (Catholic Catechism #1255).

Baptism at Immaculate Conception Church

Baptisms for registered members of Immaculate Conception are held at regular Masses four weekends per year and are pre-arranged through the parish office.

If you are interested in seeking baptism for your child, please fill out this Baptism Form. The parish staff will contact you directly.

Upcoming Baptism Dates:

  • October 19 & 20, 2019
  • January 18 & 19, 2020
  • April 18 & 19, 2020
  • July 18 & 19, 2020
  • October 17 & 18, 2020

Before we can schedule your child’s baptism, the family and godparents must meet the following requirements:

  1. If you are not registered in the parish, we ask you to register, join our parish community, and be an active member attending Mass frequently and attending parish events.  Becoming a parishioner means you are making your spiritual home here at Immaculate Conception.

If you are registered at another parish, please contact your parish office, meet their requirements for baptism, and have the pastoral leader send a letter indicating you have met their requirements and granting permission for the baptism to take place at Immaculate.

  1. Church law requires that there is at least one Catholic godparent for the child being baptized.  Godparents need to be active, practicing, and confirmed Catholics at least 16 years of age.  Godparents need to submit a letter from their pastor attesting to their suitability. 
  2. Parents and godparents must attend a baptismal preparation class.  Immaculate’s class schedule is available through the parish office.
  3. We ask that you send a copy of your child’s birth certificate to the parish office at least two weeks prior to the baptism ceremony. 

Please note: children aged 7 years or older and adults seeking baptism must attend religious education classes prior to receiving baptism. These baptisms are celebrated once a year at the Easter Vigil.  Candidates will also be confirmed and receive their first communion.  Please refer to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) page.