Baptism is the first and chief sacrament of forgiveness of sins because it unites us with Christ, who died for our sins and rose for our justification. Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist constitute the ‘sacraments of initiation’ by which a believer receives the remission of original and personal sin, begins a new life in Christ and the Holy Spirit, and is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ. The rite of Baptism consists in immersing the candidate in water, or pouring water on the head, while pronouncing the invocation of the Most Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit” (Catechismof the Catholic Church, 977, 1213,1275, 1278).
The Sacrament of Baptism sets us on our path toward the life-giving grace of our loving God. We are immersed into Jesus’ death and His resurrection and are initiated into the Christian community. Here at St. Charles, this sacrament is celebrated every Sunday after the noon Mass.
To present your child for Baptism, you must be registered members of the parish and select Catholic godparents in good standing with their parishes. Contact the parish office to arrange Baptism for your child.
Adults wishing to become part of our Catholic community must take part in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, known as the RCIA.