Holy Baptismid the first sacrament received, because it is the door of the spiritual life; for by it we are made members of Christ and incorporated into the Church. And since through the first man death entered into all(1 Cor 15:21), unless we be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, we can not enter into the kingdom of Heaven (John 3:5), as Truth Himself has told us. The matter of this sacrament is true and natural water; and it is indifferent whether it be cold or hot. The form is: I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. The effect of this sacrament is the remission of all sin, original and actual; likewise of all punishment which is due for sin.
The Day of Baptism
From ancient times was Easter Sunday, and a second opportunity was provided on Pentecost Sunday. The Church’s long-standing practice of Sunday Baptisms is the rule at Church of the Assumption Parish. For serious reason, another day could be negotiable.
Adults desiring Baptism
Adults should contact the Priest; preparation may be individual or in a group.( Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults-RCIA)
Baptism of Infants
Registered Parishioners arrange an available Sunday, as well as individual instruction with the Priest. Extraordinary Form Latin Baptisms are celebrated after the 8:30am Latin Mass; English Baptisms are typically celebrated after the 11:00am English Mass. Non-Registered Parishioners must either register here, or have the permission of their own Pastor to be Baptized in our Church. Sponsors or Godparents, a male and a female, must be Baptized themselves. At least one Godparent should be Confirmed and practicing the faith so as to model Catholic life to the child. If the sponsors have not served as sponsors in the past, they need to receive instruction in their duties from the Priest or Deacon administering the Sacrament. Sponsors must be at least 16 years of age.
It is customary to make an offering for the Priest or Deacon who administers the Sacrament.