An evening of preparation is offered regularly throughout the year, as announced in the bulletin. Parents are asked to attend this baptismal seminar before the birth of their child.
Adults desiring to receive the sacraments, especially the sacrament of baptism, are enrolled into the RCIA group (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) as catechumens.
“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.”” (CCC 1213)
“This sacrament is called Baptism, after the central rite by which it is carried out: to baptize (Greek baptizein) means to “plunge” or “immerse”; the “plunge” into the water symbolizes the catechumen’s burial into Christ’s death, from which he rises up by resurrection with him, as “a new creature.”(CCC 1214)