Baptism

  • The Sacrament of Baptism

    For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church's way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God. Through Baptism, the faithful are destined for the worship of the Catholic religion and committed to full and active participation in the life of the Church.

    Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.   (John 3: 5)


  • Parish Guidelines

    Baptisms can be scheduled by calling the parish office. Parents are required to attend a pre-Baptismal class prior to the Baptism of their first child. Baptism Preparation Class is quarterly at the Saint Victor campus of Our Lady of the Lakes Parish.

    Please call the parish office for more information about Baptism, or to register for the Preparation Class.


  • What the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches about Baptism

    Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water and in the  word."   (CCC 1213)

    From the very day of Pentecost the Church has celebrated and administered holy Baptism. Indeed St. Peter declares to the crowd astounded by his preaching: "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." The apostles and their collaborators offer Baptism to anyone who believed in Jesus: Jews, the God-fearing, pagans. Always, Baptism is seen as connected with faith: "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household," St. Paul declared to his jailer in Philippi. And the narrative continues, the jailer "was baptized at once, with all his family."   (CCC 1226)

    The Lord himself affirms that Baptism is necessary for salvation. He also commands his disciples to proclaim the Gospel to all nations and to baptize them. Baptism is necessary for salvation for those to whom the Gospel has been proclaimed and who have had the possibility of asking for this sacrament. The Church does not know of any means other than Baptism that assures entry into eternal beatitude; this is why she takes care not to neglect the mission she has received from the Lord to see that all who can be baptized are "reborn of water and the Spirit." God has bound salvation to the sacrament of Baptism, but he himself is not bound by his sacraments.   (CCC 1257)