Baptism - Revelation & Tradition
After his resurrection Christ gives this mission to his apostles: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you." (Mt 28: 19-20)
Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door, which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism, we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church, and made sharers in her mission (#1213).
Since the beginning of the Church, adult Baptism is the common practice where the proclamation of the Gospel is still new. The catechumenate (preparation for Baptism) therefore occupies an important place. This initiation into Christian faith and life should dispose the catechumen to receive the gift of God in Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist. (#1247)
The practice of infant Baptism is an immemorial tradition of the Church. There is explicit testimony to this practice from the second century on, and it is quite possible that, from the beginning of the apostolic preaching, when whole "households" received baptism, infants may also have been baptized. #1252 and Acts 16: 15, 33,18:8, 1 Cor 1:16)
For all the baptized, children or adults, faith must grow after Baptism. For this reason the Church celebrates each year at the Easter Vigil the renewal of baptismal promises. Preparation for Baptism leads only to the threshold of new life. Baptism is the source of that new life in Christ from which the entire Christian life springs forth. (#1254)
At St. Elizabeth Seton Parish
Infant Baptisms are celebrated at 1:15 p.m. the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month.
Infant Baptism Preparation Class is the 2nd Sunday of the month at 1:15 p.m. Please call the office to register for the class.
Adult Baptism's are celebrated in conjunction with the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) and is celebrated primarily at the Easter Vigil.
Please contact the Parish Office at 575-0119 for more information or to schedule an infant baptism.