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 in the word.(CCC 1213)
Baptism is birth into the new life in Christ. In accordance with the Lord's will, it is necessary for salvation, as is the Church herself, which we enter by Baptism. (CCC 1277)
The essential rite of Baptism consists in immersing the candidate in water or pouring water on his head, while pronouncing the invocation of the Most Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (CCC 1278)
The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ. (CCC 1279)
Baptism imprints on the soul an indelible spiritual sign, the character, which consecrates the baptized person for Christian worship. Because of the character Baptism cannot be repeated. (CCC 1280)
Baptism at St. Genevieve's
Adult Baptisms, as well as Baptisms for children over the age of 7, are celebrated through the RCIA process. For more information, please contact Rae through the Rectory at 908-351-4444. Thank you!
Before a date can be scheduled for a child’s baptism, parents and godparents are required to register for Baptism Prep Class. The purpose of this class is to discuss the Rite of Baptism and to inform parents and godparents of their role. Also to enable them to see the richness of the rite in relation to their own faith life. The program also provides the parents the forum to reflect on the goals of Christian education and to share ways they as Christian parents can share their faith with their child. You need not wait until the baby is born, you can attend anytime during your pregnancy. To register for Baptism Prep call the Rectory (908) 351-4444.