Baptism

Baptisms take place every Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in the church in Barnegat. Baptism is reserved for children of registered parishioners. Participation in a Baptismal Preparation Session is required for both parents. Godparents are to be Catholics in good standing. If the Godparents are not registered members of St. Mary’s, they will need a sponsorship letter from the Parish where they are regisistered.

Baptism is the sacrament that frees man from original sin and from personal guilt and that makes him a member of Christ and His Church. It is thus the door to a new and supernatural life.

The Church Thus Teaches:
Baptism is a true sacrament instituted by Christ.  It is administered by washing with natural water and at the same time invoking the Most Holy Trinity.  Anybody, even an unbeliever or a heretic can validly administer baptism.  Since it confers grace by the signs' being properly carried out, children can and should be baptized even while still infants. Baptism is necessary for salvation.  Baptism effects the remission of original sin and actual sins and of all punishment due to sin; it confers sanctifying grace, membership in Christ and in the Church and the obligation to obey the Church's laws, and give an indelible character.

Note: from Pope Innocent III AD 1201.  The baptism of young children is not profitless.  As circumcision made men members of the People of Israel, so baptism gives them entry to the kingdom of heaven.

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