Congratulations on the birth or impending birth of your child! We look forward to beginning your child’s faith journey with you.
The sacrament of baptism ushers us into the divine life, cleanses us from sin, and initiates us as members of the Christian community. It is the foundation for the sacramental life.
At baptism, the presider prays over the water:
Father, look now with love upon your Church, and unseal for her the fountain of baptism. By the power of the Holy Spirit give to this water the grace of your Son, so that in the sacrament of baptism all those whom you have created in your likeness may be cleansed from sin and rise to a new birth of innocence by water and the Holy Spirit. (Christian Initiation of Adults, #222A)
The Catechism teaches:
"The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ" (CCC 1279).
Water – The waters of baptism recall Jesus’ own baptism by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. Water is a symbol of cleansing and renewal as we begin a new life in Christ. We are washed clean of sin.
Oil – At baptism, we are anointed into the life of Christ as “priest, prophet, and king.” A cross is traced on the candidate’s forehead as are a reminder that we are inheritors of the Kingdom of God.
Light – The baptismal candle is lit from the Paschal or Easter candle that stands in the church as a sign of Christ’s light in the world. At baptism, we receive the light of Christ and are called forth to share this light with the world.
White garment – The white garment that is placed upon us at baptism is a symbol of Christ’s victory over death and his glorious resurrection. Likewise, the white garment or pall that is placed over the coffin at the time of death recalls our baptismal promises and reminds us that we are destined for eternal life.
Baptism is celebrated on the first and third Sunday of the month except during Lent. Parents are required to attend a Baptism Preparation Session. This session will provide the opportunity to grow in your understanding of the sacrament.
In order to arrange for a child to be baptized at Our Lady of Lourdes:
1. Your family must be registered members of Our Lady of Lourdes If you are not already a registered member of the parish, please visit the New Parishioners page by clicking www.ollwhs.org/new-parishioners
2. It is recquired for you to have attended a Pre-Bap class, whether at Our Lady of Lourdes or in some cases, at your previous parish.
The next Pre-Bap Class will be offered here at Our Lady of Lourdes on Sunday, March 10 at 9:00 am in Community Hall.
Arrangements for the baptismal date are made at the time of the session.
Please fill out the Baptism Form below to register for a Baptism Session.