THE MEANING OF BAPTISM
Baptism is the first of all the sacraments of the Church and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Also called "washing of regeneration and renewal in the Spirit" (Titus 3.5), baptism frees the Christian from sin and regenerates as the son of God.
Baptism brings two great graces into the Christian life: it is the forgiveness of sins and new birth in Christ. Indeed, the water of baptism cleanses the catechumen of his sins including original sin. The sacrament of baptism as we acquire new life in Christ. It makes the neophyte "a new creation" (2 Corinthians 5: 17), an adopted son of God who became a member of the divine nature.
BAPTISM OF CHILDREN
Over time, the custom has developed in the Catholic Church to baptize children (see Wikipedia "infant baptism"). Nowadays, many young families still baptize their children. The meaning of this gesture is to include now the child in the faith of the church and his family. This is the same time a commitment to know and live this child the Word of God and the life of the Christian community. Families who want to baptize a child may contact our church at 450-834-2323.
THE CELEBRATION OF BAPTISMS AT RAWDON'S PARISH
Usually, in our church in Rawdon, children's baptisms are celebrated on Sundays at 2 PM. During the week before, there is a meeting evening for parents and godparents where we deepen the meaning of this sacrament and where we reflect upon the main actions occurring in the celebration.
Baptism can, of course, be offered to adolescents or adults who want to accept Jesus in their lives and become part of the Church. To do this, you can contact Ms. Candice Stella (514-707-3232) to learn more about the preparation for this sacrament.
There is no charge for the celebration of baptism.