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.

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

 

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

 

Infant Baptisms for registered parishioner's children under the age of 7, typically occur every Sunday of each month at 1:30 p.m.  Baptisms for infants are not scheduled on Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, Mother's Day or Father's Day.  If you have not yet registered as a parishioner, you may do so at the class.

There can be at most two Godparents.  It is possible to have your baby baptized with one Godparent.  This Godparent may either be a man or a woman.  Typically there are two Godparents, one must be a man and the other a woman.  At least one of the Godparents must be at least 16 years old, and have received all the Sacraments of Initiation, including Confirmation.

A required pre-Baptismal class for the parents, is held on the first Saturday of each month (some exceptions are noted on the parish calendar) at 10:30 a.m. No registration is required for the class.  If it is has been less than two years since you last attended a pre-Baptismal class, you do not need to attend.  You will need to call the parish office and let them know when you attended your last class.

During the class you will fill out a Baptism Registration Form. On this you will request your baptismal date.  The Monday following the class, please call Jo Ann in the parish office at 630-759-7588 ext. 108 to confirm the date requested.  Please remember that a maximum of six infants are scheduled on a given day, so you may not be able to have you first choice.  In order to avoid disappointment and unnecessary expense, please do not schedule parties, reception halls, airline tickets, etc. until your date has been confirmed.

Pre-Baptism Meetings


August 5, 2017
September 16, 2017
October 7, 2017
November 4, 2017
December 2, 2017
January 6, 2018
February 3, 2018
March 3, 2018
April 7, 2018
May 5, 2018
June 2, 2018

Please note:  there will be NO Baptisms during 2017on: September 3, October 8, November 26, December 24, December 31.

During 2018 on: March 25,
April 1, (April 15, 22 & 29 - TBD)
, May 13, May 27, June 17