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.

 

At baptism, the presider prays over the water:

Father, look now with love upon your Church, and unseal for her the fountain of baptism. By the power of the Holy Spirit give to this water the grace of your Son, so that in the sacrament of baptism all those whom you have created in your likeness may be cleansed from sin and rise to a new birth of innocence by water and the Holy Spirit. (Christian Initiation of Adults, #222A)




Freed from Sin

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).

Baptismal Symbols

  • Water – The waters of baptism recall Jesus’ own baptism by John the Baptist in the river Jordan. Water is a symbol of cleansing and renewal as we begin a new life in Christ. We are washed clean of sin.
  • Oil – At baptism we are anointed into the life of Christ as “priest, prophet and king.” A cross is traced on the candidate’s forehead as a reminder that we are inheritors of the Kingdom of God.
  • Light – The baptismal candle is lit from the Paschal or Easter candle that stands in the church as a sign of Christ’s light in the world. At baptism, we receive the light of Christ and are called forth to share this light with the world.
  • White garment – The white garment that is placed upon us at baptism is a symbol of Christ’s victory over death and his glorious resurrection. Likewise, the white garment or pall that is placed over the coffin at the time of death recalls our baptismal promises and reminds us that we are destined for eternal life.

While in ordinary circumstances, sacraments in the Catholic Church are administered validly by a member of the ordained clergy, in an emergency situation, the sacrament of baptism can be administered by anyone.

In case of necessity, any person can baptize provided that he have the intention of doing that which the Church does and provided that he pour water on the candidates head while saying: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (CCC 1284).

Before celebrating a Baptism at Assumption Parish, families must be registered and participating members of our parish community. We also ask that parents (and preferably Godparents as well) participate in the Baptismal preparation class.

First step is to Contact the parish office and schedule a short meeting directly with Father Oliver or call him at 206-522-7674 (ext 305) to discuss your child's baptism. Baptism preparation classes are offered on an as needed basis. Contact information for the class will be given to you.

Once you have completed a Baptismal preparation class you may schedule a Baptism date. Turn in your paperwork (you may mail it to the parish office, slip it through the mail slot in the front door of the parish office, or put it in an envelope in the offertory basket). If you need to make any changes call Carol Durbin in the parish office. (522-7674 ext 301).

You may choose any of the three masses 5:00 pm Saturday, or 8:30 or 10:30 Sunday except where noted. Please see dates to the right.

On the day of the Baptism:

  •  Dress the child in white or in a white Baptismal garment.
  •  Bring a white pillar candle. (please, pre-light the candle) NOT A TAPER!
  •  Arrive 15- 20 minutes before the start of Mass.
  •  Check in with Father Oliver.

Pews at the front of church on the left as you face the Altar, will be reserved for the family and friends of the child to be Baptized. If more than one child is being Baptized additional pews will be reserved.

Child, Parents and Godparents will process in and out of church with Father Oliver, the Eucharistic Ministers and the Altar Servers. Other family members and friends should be seated in the congregation or the reserved pews. Please leave room in the reserved pews for the children to be baptized, their parents and godparents.

During Mass:
It is acceptable to take pictures or videotape without flash during the celebration as long as this is done unobtrusively. At the start of Mass, parents, godparents and child should be at the back of church with the Father Oliver. (Other family and friends should already be seated in the reserved seats or in with the rest of the congregation as they choose.) There will be an introductory welcoming dialogue (“what do you ask for your child? “Baptism.”) and a signing of the child(ren) with the cross. Then the family will proceed forward with Father Oliver, Lector, Eucharist Ministers and Altar Servers. Following the gospel and homily, the parents and godparents are asked to come up onto the altar. They will renew their Baptismal promises with the congregation. At the end of Mass, the parents, Godparents and the child exit the church in the procession with Father Oliver.

Be sure to pick up your Baptismal Certificate from Father Oliver.
Keep the certificate in a safe place. It is a legal document similar to a birth certificate.

 

 

Baptisms are normally held the last weekend of the month.

 

Please see schedule below.

(During Advent & Lent there are no Baptisms. Lent Baptisms are held on Easter Sunday at 10:30 Mass.)

2017 Dates 

July 29/30
September 2/3
October 28/29
November 25/26
December 30/31

All necessary paperwork (Baptism registration) will be given to you at the baptismal preparation class.

Assumption Parish celebrates Baptisms during regular weekend Masses as scheduled so that the entire faith community may participate and welcome its newest members. Baptisms are by infusion (pouring) rather than immersion.

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