The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions. (CCC 1131)
Q. What is baptism?
A. Baptism is a Sacrament which cleanses us from original sin, makes us Christians, children of God, and heirs of heaven. 1
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: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word. 2
Baptismal prep at the Cathedral of St. Helena is scheduled every few months. Call the parish to register for Baptismal Prep for your child.
Children after the age of 7 years old will have to attend preparatory classes either R.C.I.A. or faith formation. Contact Deacon Bob Fishman to schedule an appointment to get your child baptized.
Unbaptized Adults must attend the Rite of Christian Initiation classes starting in mid- September and ending at Easter. After attending classes and having sufficient reflection on entering the Catholic Church, Adults are baptized at the Easter Vigil.
1 Baltimore Catechism, 621
2 Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1213