“In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased.” Mark 1:9-11
The Sacrament of Baptism is first of the three Sacraments of Initiation and welcomes one into the Body of Christ. Water is the central symbol of this Sacrament and the pouring of the water over the person is a ritual action that signifies and affects the forgiveness of sins and initiation into the Christian community.
Through the waters of Baptism, we become a new creation. We experience new life with Christ and new membership in the Church. It is within this new environment, our Church community that we can strive to follow the example of Jesus in our lives. The Sacrament of Baptism is received only once in a lifetime.
Infants are baptized with the expectation that their parents will raise them in the faith. Older children and adults are baptized as part of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.