“I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”
Baptism at Incarnation
It is great joy to welcome a new child into a family and great joy to share the gift of Faith with that child too. To have your child baptized at Incarnation, Parents will need to meet with our deacon, Rev. Mr. Dominic Pontrelli, and attend a Baptismal Preparation Class, normally held on the first Sunday of every month at 1:30 pm in room B101 of the school.
Baptisms are normally celebrated in small groups on the third Sunday of every month at 1:30 pm in the church. The date of the baptism is decided after you have met with a deacon and attended the Baptismal Preparation Class. If you have a special need or issue with scheduling this can be discussed with the deacon.
If you wish to have your child baptized at Incarnation, please contact Deacon Dominic Pontrelli at 818-627-5595 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baptisms for adults is celebrated as part of our RCIA program. If you are 18 years of age or older and have not been baptized in the Catholic Church please refer to our RCIA program by clicking here.
What is Baptism?
The sacrament of baptism ushers us into the divine life, cleanses us from sin, and initiates us as members of the Christian community. It is the foundation for the sacramental life. Baptism frees us from the bondage of original and actual sin. Water is poured in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Today, the sacrament of baptism is often performed on infants, shortly after birth. Adult baptisms take place at the Easter Vigil through the restored Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Adults or children who have been baptized in a valid Christian church are not baptized again in the Catholic church. As we say in the Nicene Creed, “I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins…”
The Catechism teaches, “The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ” (CCC 1279).