“Baptism is the way out of the kingdom of death into life, the gateway to the Church, and the beginning of a lasting communion with God.“ -YouCat 194
“Being baptized means that my personal life story is submerged into the stream of God’s love.” -YouCat 200
In Baptism, we enter into a covenant with God, becoming united with Christ (and His death on the Cross), and freed from sin -both original sin, and any personal sin we might have committed before the moment of Baptism. As one of the main effects of Baptism is the cleansing of sin, we use water to celebrate the Sacrament in a similar manner to the way we would use water to shower or bathe. As the water is poured or the person immersed, the celebrant of the Sacrament declares: “I baptize you in the name of the Father of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” We don’t do this simply as a sign or symbol of conversion – it is really the moment in which a new life in Christ begins. The ceremony of Baptism also includes other signs: anointing with oil (sign of strength), the white garment (being clothed in Christ – see Romans 13:12, 14), and the Baptismal Candle (the flame of faith).
All parents wanting to have their children baptized are asked to attend the Baptism Course. The course required is a two evening commitment. The first evening is to register your child for baptism and receive information in the form of a presentation, as well as a package containing valuable resources. Couples are asked to read all the material in the information package before their second meeting. After the second meeting and all the information required is collected the baptism date can be set. Generally baptisms take place the second and fourth Sunday of the month during one of the Masses, or at 12:30 p.m. Our Baptism team consists of approximately five lay people and one of the parish deacons. Besides the course itself team members assist at the baptisms on the weekend. Working with young couples as they embark on passing on their faith to their children is very rewarding.
If you would like to have your child Baptized, please contact the Parish Office at 780-960-0135, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are an adult or have an older child who wishes to be Baptized (aged 6-13), please read about our RCIA programs at www.trinitycatholic.net/jointhechurch.