The Sacrament of Baptism
We welcome you and your family to St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, as you present your child to God their Father in the Sacrament of Baptism. We rejoice with you as you welcome a new life into the world, and in a short time, into the Catholic Church. Baptism is the foundation of all the sacraments and the most important day of your child’s life. Baptism is the beginning of your child’s journey to their Heavenly Father, and during this time of preparation we hope to aid you in giving your child the support and guidance they will need to live a life in Christ.
From the earliest times it has been the practice of the Church to administer the sacrament of Baptism to infants. Parents very naturally want to hand on to their child their own faith and the values that flow from their faith. Baptism marks the beginning of this new life in faith.
Pope John Paul 11 calls the family the Domestic Church, the Christian home where the child begins to experience life as part of a community of families called the Church. At Baptism you the parents, and godparents, along with the whole Christian community, take upon yourselves an important responsibility. You each promise to make the Church and the world a place that will offer the newly baptized child the love and support needed to grow to full Christian adulthood.