The sacrament of Baptism, is the first of three sacraments by which one becomes Catholic. In Baptism, a person becomes a child of God and restores them as an heir to Heaven. It begins their journey of faith, preparing them for the reception of the Eucharist, the source and summit of our faith and Confirmation, when the descent of the Holy Spirit confirms their faith and empowers them as disciples to share Christ’s life with others.
Children of Catholic parents should be baptized as soon as possible after birth so that the child may participate in the supernatural life of grace. As a person is Baptized, they put on Christ, a new life, a new identity. Although we are “saved” in the waters of baptism, we must spend the rest of our lives living out the sacraments, participating in the life of the Church, and adhering to particular truths given by God the Father.
For Children to be Baptized at Immaculate Conception, Union, they will need to be registered in our parish, or have some legitimate connection to the parish. They must be willing to raise the child in the teachings and practice of the Catholic Faith. We encourage participation in the life of the parish. At least one Godparent must be a practicing Catholic who has received the Sacrament of Confirmation. Their role is to assist the parents in raising the children in the ways of the faith. Others may serve as Christian witnesses.
Those who are not registered parishioners, yet have pastoral or family reasons for being baptized here, must have a letter of permission from their pastor, stating that they are active members of a parish.
Baptisms are held after the 11am Mass on Sunday, must call the rectory to set an appointment. New parents will be required to meet with the pastor for brief instructions on the Sacrament of Baptism.
Free will donation is welcome and up to the family but not required…It is with great joy we welcome our newly baptized into the life of Christ!!!