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OUR FAITH JOURNEY: Baptism, washed in the waters of rebirth

“Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, article 1213)

On June 24th we celebrated the feast day of St. John the Baptist. Through Baptism in the Jordan River, Jesus was initiated into his public ministry. Through Baptism, children and adults are joined to the entire Christian community.

Baptism, the first Sacrament of initiation, is a joyous celebration for the whole parish.

The parish actively celebrates baptism as a sacrament of belonging to a faith community. In a covenantal relationship with their parents, godparents and the entire Church community promises that all parties will help raise the child to mature faith. 

Baptisms at Holy Infant usually take place during one of the designated weekend liturgies. As with all sacraments, preparation takes place in our parish under the guidance of dedicated catechists. Andrea Swift, Keri Reeves and Cristy Brinkmann work together to facilitate an all-encompassing Baptism preparation workshop six times a year. 

Andrea, primary catechist, says the opportunity to serve has helped her feel more connected to the church.

“I have grown to love being a part of my church and feel that the hole that I was missing is getting filled with wonderful people that share the same faith as me and are on the same journey as a mother to young children,” she said.

Keri Reeves said she, too, was looking for a way to get involved in the parish.

“It brings me joy to help these families with such an important and early part of becoming a member of the church,” she said.

To learn more about Baptism at the parish or to become involved in this ministry, contact Leanne Woodward.

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