The origin and foundation of Christian Baptism is Jesus. Before starting His public ministry, Jesus submitted Himself to the baptism given by John the Baptist. The waters did not purify Him; He cleansed the waters. Jesus did not need to be baptized because He was totally faithful to the will of His Father and free from sin. However, He wanted to show His solidarity with human beings in order to reconcile them to the Father. By commanding His disciples to baptize all nations, He established the means by which people would die to sin – Original and actual – and begin to live a new life with God.
What Does This Mean for You?
In Baptism, the Holy Spirit moves us to answer Christ’s call to holiness. In Baptism, we are asked to walk by the light of Christ and to trust in His wisdom. We are invited to submit our hearts to Christ with ever deeper love.
Baptismal Instruction for First-time Parents
Classes are for first-time parents are scheduled through the parish office and are listed in the parish bulletin as well as in Parish Events on this website. All first-time parents must attend class before you schedule your child’s baptism. All baptisms are held after or during the 10:15 am Mass on Sunday morning, and Spanish baptisms are held at 11:30 am on the third Sunday of each month.
If you are having a child and wish to inquire about the Sacrament of Baptism, please complete the form below or call the parish office at 215.333.0442.
United States Catholic Catechism for Adults. Retrieved from http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/baptism/index.cfm