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"I am baptizing you with water, for repentance, but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I. I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire."
St. John the Baptist
Through the waters of Baptism we are given new life, we are washed clean and become members of Christ sharing in the Church’s mission.
Lent is not only a time of repentance, a turning away from sin, but it is also from the earliest times, a preparation for baptism. For those already baptized, a renewal of our baptismal promises at the Easter liturgies. For those who are becoming a part of the Christian community, the Easter Vigil celebrates the sacrament of baptism or welcoming Christian into ‘full communion’ in the Catholic faith.
We welcome all parents - whether birth parents, or adoptive parents, whether couples or a single parent, whether their child is an infant or is already exploring their new world, whether as parents their faith is strong or they are just beginning to make it their own, whether they as a family share the same religious background or they come from very different religious traditions.
The Church says the single most important decision you will ever make for your child is to have the child baptized. In this sacrament you are giving the child the gift of God, His grace and presence. As the ritual states, ‘ it will be your duty to educate your child in the ways of faith…” do you accept this responsibility?
There is a parents meeting in preparation for the celebration, please call the rectory to sign up for the program (631) 757-8184.
Since the beginning of the Church, adults have been welcomed into the church through baptism after a period of instruction, prayer and reflection. For more information on the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, click here.