“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 children 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.”
Baptism at St. Joseph
Congratulations on your decision to have your child baptized in the Catholic Church! This is the most important gift you can give to your child. We at St. Joseph look forward with joy to walking with you as you prepare for this sacrament. We recommend that parents begin the preparation during pregnancy; however, all ages are welcome. If you are seeking baptism for a child who is over the age of 7, please contact us directly to get more information about the process. If you are an adult seeking baptism, please see “Becoming Catholic” to learn about Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).
The first of the seven sacraments, and the “door” which gives access to the other sacraments. Baptism is the first and chief sacrament of forgiveness of sins because it unites us with Christ, who died for our sins and rose for our justification. Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist constitute the “sacraments of initiation” by which a believer receives the remission of original and personal sin, begins a new life in Christ and the Holy Spirit, and is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ.