Baptism is the Sacrament which brings us into the Body of Christ and allows us to participate in the life of the Church. The Catholic Catechism tells us that Baptism may only be administered to a person who has never been previously baptized.

Baptism of infants is a blessed tradition of the Catholic Church that ensures the child receives God’s graces and provides the first sacrament to the baby after birth. It is asked that children be Baptized as soon after birth as possible.

When an adult is baptized he or she undergoes a preparation for the sacrament called the Catechumenate. The candidate for Baptism is called a Catechumen and should be properly initiated into the mystery of salvation and the practice of the Evangelical virtues. They should also be introduced into the life of faith, liturgy, and charity of the People of God by successive rites.

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” – Matthew 28: 19-20