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 we are freed from sin and joined with Christ, sharing in His divinity and destined for eternal life.
The rite consists of pouring water over the head while saying the Trinitarian formula. The rite includes anointing the forehead with holy oil to indicate that, even as Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, and King, so does the candidate now share in His everlasting life, participating in His glory as a member of His body. The newly baptized then receives a white garment and a candle lit from the paschal candle. Like Christ, who is the light of the world, the newly baptized Christian carries the light of Christ out into the world.
Spanish speaking Baptisms are held on the first Sunday of the month, while English speaking Baptisms are held at the Mass of your choice.
Family Baptismal Preparation course of one hour is a requirement. Please contact the Parish Office at 828-693-6901 for more information or to make arrangements.