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RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: BAPTISM
In Baptism, we participate in the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Having been thus “immersed” (the meaning of “baptize”) into the Lord’s saving work, original sin is forgiven and we receive grace. We become members of the Body of Christ, the Church, and so share in the very life of God.

Baptism of children
Parents who present their child for Baptism promise to do their best to rear him or her in the Catholic faith. This means providing a Christian example in the home, including weekly attendance at Sunday Mass, and ensuring that the child receives religious education and preparation for the other sacraments. To help parents prepare for Baptism, the parish offers two classes of instruction.

At least one godparent is required for Baptism, although two may be chosen (in which case it must be a man and a woman, although they need not be husband and wife). Godparents must be fully initiated and practicing Catholics, since they share the responsibility of rearing the child in the faith. This means that godparents must have received Baptism, Confirmation, and First Holy Communion; that they practice the faith; and, that if married, they be in a marriage recognized by the Catholic Church.

Baptism of adults
In the Catholic Church, children above the age of reason (seven) are considered adults with respect to Baptism. According to Church law, those above age seven who seek Baptism—whether they are children or adults—must also receive the sacraments of Confirmation and the Eucharist, all within a single celebration.

These three Sacraments of Initiation are normally celebrated at Easter (March / April). The parish provides a period of instruction so that these sacraments can be received. (See “Becoming Catholic.”)
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