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 sons 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.” – Catechism of the Catholic Church
Because baptism is the “door which gives access to the other sacraments” it is the foundation of the Christian experience in this human life. Through this sacrament we are spiritually adopted as members of God’s family when we are baptized in the name of each member of the Trinity.
The sacrament of baptism is open to all who wish to receive it. For those who wish to baptize their infants or young children at Holy Comforter, generally the family must be registered, active parishioners, and attend a preparation class. Contact the coordinator for religious education to arrange dates for a preparation class and the sacrament. Baptisms at Holy Comforter usually take place on Saturdays mornings, though they are sometimes celebrated on Sunday afternoon as well.
The Rite of Baptism for children used at Holy Comforter can be found here.
Adults who wish to be baptized are encouraged to inquire about our RCIA program and/or inquire with the religious education coordinator.
Special arrangements for both children and adults to expedite the baptismal process are possible if the situation warrants. Please contact the office or the pastor directly for inquires.