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Baptism Preparation

For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church's way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.

If you have a child you would like to have baptized at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, please contact Elizabeth Hanks in the Parish office, extension 25, or by email to sign up to attend a class and schedule a date for your child’s baptism. We do not have Baptisms during Lent and Advent.
Baptisms are celebrated at scheduled weekend Masses so that we can welcome our newly baptized members into the community of St. Francis.

If you enjoy meeting new people and love children and babies, please prayerfully consider being part of the Baptism Team. Baptism Team members come to the rehearsal and Anointing the weekend we have scheduled Baptisms, direct the families and assist the priest during the Mass. Please contact Elizabeth for more details.

Pre-Baptism Classes and Baptism Dates

All Baptisms will be scheduled individually as a private Baptism. I can send the Baptism paperwork to you to be filled out and explain the process if you email me or call the parish office, ext. 25. 

Immersion by Paul Turner

Baptism in the Catholic Church may be administered either by immersion or pouring. The two options are always listed in that order, indicating a preference for baptism by immersion, even though pouring is more commonly practiced. Christian Initiation: General Introduction says, “As the rite for baptizing, either immersion, which is more suitable as a symbol of participation in the death and resurrection of Christ, or pouring may lawfully be used” (22). The Catechism of the Catholic Church says, “Baptism is performed in the most expressive way by triple immersion in the baptismal water” (1239). The National Statutes for the Catechumenate approved by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in 1986 say, “Baptism by immersion is the fuller and more expressive sign of the sacrament and, therefore, is preferred. . . . Provision should be made for its more frequent use in the baptism of adults” (17).

For many centuries, Catholic churches were equipped with baptismal fonts suitable for pouring water three times over the head of an infant. Since the Second Vatican Council, many parishes have erected larger fonts for the immersion of infants and adults.

Copyright © 2006 Resource Publications, Inc., 160 E. Virginia St. #290, San Jose, CA 95112, (408) 286-8505, Paul Turner, pastor of St. Munchin Parish in Cameron, Mo.



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Seven Catholic Sacraments
The Latin word sacramentum means "a sign of the sacred."

The seven sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians. They are special occasions for experiencing God's saving presence. That's what theologians mean when they say that sacraments are at the same time signs and instruments of God's grace.
They are: Anointing of the Sick, Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Holy Orders, Marriage, and Reconciliation.

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