Religious Education Office

Sister Cecilia Cyford 



Jeff Ment



Why This Sacrament?

Through baptism men and women are incorporated into Christ. They are formed into God’s people, and they obtain forgiveness for all their sins. They are raised from their natural human condition to the dignity of adopted children. They become a new creation through water and the Holy Spirit. Hence they are called, and they are indeed, the children of God. (from “Christian Initiation – General Introduction”)


To have a child baptized is an incredible gift to him/her.  In baptism, a child is claimed by Christ and given a pledge in the life of the Kingdom of God.  The child is welcomed into the community called Church where he/she will grow in the love of God.  This is an incredible gift, and for the parents of the child it brings with it a serious responsibility. It brings a responsibility and commitment on the part of parents to raise their child in the Catholic faith.


Importantly, a decision to baptize a child should be one that comes out of the parents’ own profession of faith in Jesus Christ.