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.

 

Saint Bridget of Ireland Parish Baptism Information:

If you are parents of your first child, congratulations!

The Saint Bridget’s Community of Faith welcomes your child as the newest member of our community and celebrates with you this precious gift of life from God.  We seek to support you in your role as the primary teacher(s) of your child’s faith and to uphold our role as a community of believers that demonstrates our faith in action. Together we hope to provide your child with a welcoming embrace as well as a life of faith and tradition in our Catholic Church.

At  Baptism, in the presence of the community, you and your child’s godparents will profess for your child the faith of the Church. Your profession of faith commits your child to living and practicing the Catholic way of life. It is the beginning of a life-long journey for your child’s religious formation within the Catholic Tradition. In later years your child will be invited to make this same profession of faith for him or herself at the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Please call the parish office to register for your Baptism and obtain additional information.

 To arrange for your child’s baptism, you’ll first need to call the office to schedule your pre-baptism class with Father Ed and our pre-Baptism team. The class takes a look at the Sacrament of Baptism and what it means for your child, the godparents, and you, as your child’s first teachers and nourishers of your child’s faith.

Selecting Godparents:  Godparents play a very important role in your child's spiritual life. They should serve as role models of the faith. The child should be able to look to their godparent as an example of how the church teaches us to live our Catholic faith. They should support not only the child but you, the parents as well. Additionally, in their role as godparent, they represent the larger Church community. Therefore, being a godparent is not only an honor; it is a tremendous responsibility. Therefore, the godparents should be carefully chosen. In recognizing the importance of the godparent and their duties, the Church has provided guidelines to help parents choose the best possible godparents for their children. Saint Bridget of Ireland Parish adheres to Canon Law in all aspects of Baptism.

 Sponsor Certificates: All Catholic godparents (sponsors) must obtain a sponsorship certificate from their own parish stating that they are members in good standing and are eligible to act as a Catholic Sponsor for Baptism. They must submit the original document bearing the seal of the issuing church and signature of the pastor. These certificates should be submitted to The Parish Office prior to scheduling the Baptism.

We also look forward to welcoming those children who are not the first-born in their family and ask the parents of those children to call the office to schedule their baptism (class not required).

Sponsor certificates for our parishioners: Certificates to serve as a Godparent or Confirmation sponsor may only be issued to registered, active parishioners. Those requesting a certificate must have received the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, & Confirmation, be actively practicing their Catholic Faith and a registered, supporting member of the parish for at least 6 months.

 

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

 

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