Baptism is the first of the sacraments, the gateway to life in the Spirit and life in the community of faith which is Church. Through Baptism we are washed clean from all sin and are reborn as sons and daughters of God through His son, Jesus Christ. By the sacrament we become part of the Church and sharers in the Gospel mission.
The Catholic Church distinguishes between infants who are brought for Baptism before the “age of reason”, that is generally seven years of age, and children who are of teachable age. Infants accept the faith through the faith of their parents, and so Holy Family Parish offers a meeting(s) to prepare the parents for the baptism ceremony and for leading their children in a life of faith.
Once children are old enough to have a good understanding of the sacrament, we must provide them with an adequate preparation so they can personally accept the faith. Naturally this preparation involves the parents and siblings as well. The U.S. Bishops have made it the norm that children who are of catechetical age when entering the Church receive full initiation, that is Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at one celebration, usually the Easter Vigil. The Rite of Christian Initiation, which restored the original order and unity of the three sacraments of initiation, applies to children from about seven or older as well as to any adults who seek Baptism.
Please contact the parish office at (920) 756-2535 for more information.