We all know the excitement that comes when a baby is born. So too, we rejoice when a new Christian is born! The Sacrament of Baptism, the first of the Catholic Church’s Sacraments of Initiation, is a sacred ritual where a person becomes a new creature, dying and rising with Jesus, through water and the Holy Spirit.
The Greek word for baptize means to “plunge” or “immerse,” and so we are baptized with water in the name of the Trinity to remind us of this rebirth.
We are christened with sacred Chrism, the oil of Baptism, as a sign of sealing us in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We receive a special candle, lit from the Paschal candle, to remind us of the light of Christ that we now receive and are asked to care for. And the presence of our parents and godparents represents the entire church community as the “village” it takes to raise each of us as a new Christian in our brand new life in Christ.
And because Baptism is at the core of our communal life, our parish community frequently celebrates it during or immediately following our weekly celebration of the Eucharist. Through the rich symbols and ritual of this first Sacrament, we are truly reminded of God’s immense love for us as we are welcomed as new members intothe Church.
Baptism Preparation Ministry
Parents who wish to have their child baptized meet with a host family to reflect. Together, we explore what we most cherish: our role as parent and our faith in God. This gathering also provides a wonderful environment for new parents to meet and connect with other parish members.
Baptism Preparation Ministry
Parents of the child are asked to schedule a Baptism with the Parish Office by calling (314) 776-0363 at least one month prior to the date of the Baptism. All remaining arrangements will proceed from there.
One of the wonderful experiences for our school children is when a friend or classmate chooses to become a member of the Church. If your child is student at the school and wishes to be baptized, please contact the School Office at (314) 776-7837.
The Sacrament of Baptism, the first of the Catholic Church’s Sacraments of Initiation, is a sacred ritual where a person becomes a new creature, dying and rising with Jesus, through water and the Holy Spirit.
Confirmation is the final Sacrament of Initiation, whereby an individual accepts their Christian identity, invests in their own faith development, and becomes a fully-initiated member of the Catholic Church.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (also called Penance, Confession, or the Sacrament of Forgiveness) is the grace-filled event at which we recognize our sinfulness, receive absolution, and celebrate the freedom of being right with God once again.
The Sacrament of Matrimony (Marriage) is a covenant that mirrors the mutual commitment between God and his people.
Some of us are called to deepen and redefine how we live, serve and love as Christ did, through the Sacrament of Holy Orders. The deepest desire of bishops, deacons, and priests is to love God and be of service to God’s People.