This Tuesday, Hiatt, one of our students, was baptized during school Mass. We do not always have an opportunity to celebrate the sacrament of baptism at school Masses. It is a great opportunity to teach our students about our faith journey. At baptism, parents and godparents pledge to help children grow in faith, and we welcome the child into the Catholic Church.
I just finished reading a book about the sacrament of matrimony, and the book argued that the sacrament of marriage isn’t just for the couple, it’s for the larger church. This made me think about Jude’s baptism: it’s not just for our family and the godparents; he is being welcomed to the Catholic Church.
JD, Evelyn, and Felicity were all baptized outside of Mass with our family and friends there to witness. Jude will be baptized on Tuesday, May 9 at a school Mass. He will be welcomed into the Catholic Church by the students of St. Joseph’s Catholic School. I welcome and invite all parents to join us for this baptism and renew your own baptismal vows.
The catechism says, “Holy Baptism is the basis of the Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, as incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: ‘Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word'” (1213).
The same chrism oil that is used in baptism is also used for confirmation and Holy Orders. Baptism is an important sacrament. Our family is excited to celebrate Jude’s baptism with our St. Joseph’s Catholic School community. We are excited to celebrate his baptism during the Easter season. Please join us and talk with your own children about their baptism.