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Sacrament of Baptism

 

During the current health crisis all baptismal requests should be directed to Fr. Michael Pontarelli after the child has been born.  
Baptismal Catechesis instruction for both the parents and godparents will be done by the priest or deacons.  

 

 

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 candidate’s head while saying:

 

“I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (CCC 1284).