Baptism is birth into the new life in Christ.
In accordance with the Lord's will, it is necessary for salvation,
as is the Church herself, which we enter by Baptism. (CCC 1277)
What Is Baptism?
As the Catechism of the Catholic Church puts its, baptism is "new life in Christ." It is, in essence, an immersion into a new way of living, where the promise given by God is "eternal" life; that is, a life which has a depth and breadth beyond what merely human living can give or imagine. Such a life comes through configuring one's own life after the pattern of Christ's life.
By being baptized, one is saying, "I want to live as Jesus lived, and to die as Jesus died." In the Rite of Baptism, the Church sees the newly baptized as having "died with Christ and become a new creation in Him." Salvation comes both through faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of the Living God, and also by letting ourselves be transformed in mind, body, and spirit by the Holy Spirit of God.
The immediate effects of baptism are: (1) becoming a member of the Mystical Body of Christ (the Church) both here on earth and in heaven; (2) being cleansed from original sin; (3) becoming a child of Almighty God by adoption through Jesus; (4) sharing in God's many spiritual gifts; (5) sharing in Christ's work as Priest, Prophet, and King, (6) being given the promise of eternal life; (7) pledging to be a faithful friend and disciple of the Lord, in both good times and in bad, forever.
To be baptized is to begin a new way of life--a life with Christ ever at our side, and with us ever at his side.
How to Be Baptized?
If you are asking to have your child (under 7 years of age) baptized, please contact Dcn. Mike Madden (email: email@example.com or phone: 920-864-2550 - Ext 180) at the Parish Office.
If you are an adult wishing to be baptized, or brought into full communion with the Catholic Church, please contact Fr. Brian (email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 920-864-2550 - Ext 120) at the Parish Office.
Blessings to you as you seek to follow Jesus Christ through the sacraments of Christian initiation!