The Sacrament of Baptism is the first sacrament to be received. Baptism is the foundation of our life in Christ and the beginning of a lifelong journey of discipleship. Through baptism we are freed from sin and incorporated into the family of God and we become members of the Church, the living body of Christ. Today, as it was in the days of the apostles, water is poured over the person being baptized while the celebrant announces: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
Catholic families are encouraged to baptize their children soon after birth. However, the Sacrament of Baptism can be received at any age. Whether a person is baptized as an infant or as an adult, Baptism is the initial way a person experiences the embrace and mercy of our loving God.
At St. Ambrose Parish, infant and child baptisms are celebrated after the necessary Pre-Baptism preparation session. Please call the parish office to register for the class and to schedule your child’s baptism. We have a special class for pre-kindergarten 3 to 7 years old. Contact Deacon Bill for more information on this special class.
Adults and children of catechetical age (9 years) who have not been baptized participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.