The Catechism of the Catholic Church says:
“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.”
“This sacrament is called Baptism, after the central rite by which it is carried out: to baptize (Greek baptizein) means to “plunge” or “immerse”; the “plunge” into the water symbolizes the catechumen’s burial into Christ’s death, from which he rises up by resurrection with him, as “a new creature.”
“This sacrament is also called “the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit,” for it signifies and actually brings about the birth of water and the Spirit without which no one “can enter the kingdom of God.””
The Baptism of your child at Epiphany Church
A child’s first teachers in our faith are his/her parents. The baptism of your child offers a great opportunity to deepen your own appreciation for and experience of the faith. From your own immediate family to your child’s wider world that encompasses the godparents, grandparents, relatives and friends, to the whole parish and to the universal Church as the body of Christ – that is what we are all about, and what we are eager to share with you. The promises you make for your child on this day will begin to form your child into a faith-filled and faithful follower of Christ. As a community, all of us by virtue of our own baptism are called to proclaim the faith and teach it to our little ones.
To have your child baptized at Epiphany, simply call the church office at 722-2110. The secretary will ask you for a little information and pass this on to the Pastoral Associate who teaches the class.
The Baptism of adults at Epiphany Church
The baptism of an adult at Epiphany Church follows a time of preparation known as the “catechumenate.” It is a journey of faith that the parish walks with the person who desires baptism. To start your own journey into Christ and the waters of baptism, call 722-2110 and speak with Mandy Brown at extension 118. More information is available at this website at Journey of Faith.
The Catholic Church recognizes the baptisms of other Christian churches as valid, when done with water and in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.