The Catechism of the Catholic Church on Baptism
Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), 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." (CCC 1213)
Baptism of Infants
Infant baptism is offered to children up to age 6. Parents and godparents are required to attend a pre-Baptism instruction which helps familiarize them with their role in the celebration of this Sacrament.
Baptism of Elementary School-Age Children
If parents wait until their child is of school age (grades 1-12), extended instruction in the Catholic-Christian faith is required. Often times, this may be up to 2 years. Elementary –grade students should enroll in a Religious Education Program and participate in a RCIC program, which is geared towards non-baptized children.
Baptism of Adults
Adults who are previously baptized in another Christian denomination but who wish to become Catholic, also participate in the RCIA process. The Catholic Church honors all Christian baptisms. Therefore, the person who wishes to convert to Catholicism will celebrate the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.
For more information about receiving the Sacrament of Baptism, please contact your local parish.
USCCB Baptism Handout
Videos on Baptism
Early Church Fathers on Baptism
Scripture - Baptism
Jesus sets the example of baptism
Baptism is regenerative
Baptism takes away all sin
Baptism NOT to be repeated
Baptism to be administered to children (infant baptism)
Baptism is necessary for salvation
SECTION TWO THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS OF THE CHURCH
CHAPTER ONE THE SACRAMENTS OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION
Article 1 THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
I. What is This Sacrament Called?
II. Baptism in the Economy of Salvation
III. How is the Sacrament of Baptism Celebrated?
IV. Who can Receive Baptism?
V. Who can Baptize?
VI. The Necessity of Baptism
VII. The Grace of Baptism
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