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Through symbolic immersion in the waters of baptism, you are "grafted into the paschal mystery of Christ." In a mysterious way, you "die with him, are buried with him, and rise with him" (Sacred Liturgy, 6 [1086]. Having died to sin (both original sin and personal sins are cleansed away in the waters of baptism), you have entered the community of the Church "as through a door." Your irrevocable baptism into Christ was the beginning of a unique lifelong vocation. Many people exercise their baptismal calling through parish activities. They assist the parish as liturgical ministers, religious education teachers, members of parish council, as parents in society, in social outreach ministries like Saint's Place and various other ministries. These are only some of the ways in which baptized members of Christ's body live out the mystery of their baptismal vocation.

Through your baptism, you share with others "the sacramental bond of unity existing among all who through it are reborn" (Decree on Ecumenism 22). Your baptism can never be repeated because it binds you to God forever. The bond is unbreakable. It is possible for you to lose grace and even faith, but you cannot lose your baptism. You are marked as one of God's own. That same bond links you to all baptized persons in a sacramental way. You are one of us and we are all "sacrament" persons." Together we are called to live until death the sacramental mystery into which we have been immersed.

Baptismal Preparation

When you wish to have your child baptized simply call the St. Bartholomew the Apostle rectory to inquire when Baptism the Baptism classes are scheduled. The class is an opportunity to ask questions and to informally talk about the importance of parental faith formation responsibilities for your young child.  

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