In Baptism, a person is baptized into Christ and enters into His Church.

Through baptism, a person enters into full communion with the Catholic Church. It is the first sacrament of initiation, followed by Holy Communion and Confirmation.

By being baptized, a person becomes a member of the Body of Christ. By virtue of one’s baptism, a person receives sanctifying and justifying grace, that is, the unmerited and freely-given love of God that heals us of the effects of original sin and uplifts us into the life of God. We might say that baptism “marks” us for God.

The permanency of baptism lies in this: a person can never undo their baptism. The gift of baptism is that God dwells in the person for the rest of eternity. A profound mystery, indeed.

If you are interested in baptism, either for yourself or your child, please call the parish office at (757) 245-5513.