Baptism is the primary Sacrament of Initiation. Baptism initiates and incorporates us into the Body of Christ, the Church. Through its waters, we are remade into a new creation and become children of God and temples of the Holy Spirit. Original sin is forgiven and grace is given to us from God enabling us to believe, to hope, and to love.
It is the tradition within the Roman Catholic Church to baptize infants. Parents present their children for baptism, and with that, profess a willingness to raise the children with gospel faith. Baptismal preparation is essential because having a child baptized comes with tremendous responsibilities. Children must be nurtured in the faith and learn fundamental Catholic teachings and values in the home. The entire parish community also takes on the responsibility of helping to develop and safeguard the gift of God's life given in baptism.
Parents must schedule a meeting with Deacon James Collins and attend preparation classes before scheduling a Baptism. Godparents are also welcome.
For more information, contact Deacon Jim Collins at (843) 902-4833.
For Adults: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process in which a person who is not baptized or baptized in another faith denomination, has not received instruction, first communion, or confirmation, journeys with others like them and other Catholics to be fully initiated in the Catholic faith. It is a process of formation. There are four steps in this formation process which culminates at the Easter Vigil with the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation, Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. The parish community, through its prayers, witness, worship, service, and catechesis, offers the invitation and support for the men and women to be initiated into the Catholic Church. Weekly meetings are held beginning in September and ending in May.
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