Baptism is one of the Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church; frequently called the “first sacrament” as it is the gateway to the rest of the sacraments.
Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God; we become members of the mystical body 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)”
In the Western or Latin Church, baptism is usually conferred by an authorized minister by pouring water three times on the recipient’s head, while reciting the baptismal formula: “I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (cf. Matthew 28:19).
Baptisms are scheduled on the 3rd Sunday of the month, during Mass.
Frequently Asked Questions
For more information on Catholic Baptism contact your local parish priest. Some general resources on the sacrament are provided below.
- ➤Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Baptism (Compendium. 252- 264)
- ➤Catechism of the Catholic Church: Baptism (CCC. 1213- 1284)
- ➤Code of Canon Law: Baptism (Can. 849-878)