CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated at Christ the King-St Anthony on Saturday or Sunday during or after Mass.  We are looking forward to celebrating this day with you.  Please call the parish office  862-5785 and we will get the ball rolling so this can happen. 

-If the child is older, don't worry we will celebrate this child's baptism

If you are an adult and are considering baptism...we are so proud of you!!!   There is a class called RCIA that meets on most Wednesday evenings and more information can be obtained by calling Msgr McDermott or Father Joseph Sanderson at 862-5785.  Please call to set up a meeting and we would love to be a part of this next amazing step in your life. Baptisms for adults most  likely happen at the Easter Vigil but could happen earlier in the year if desired.  (If you were baptized by another main line Christian religion it is not a practice in the Catholic faith to "re-baptize" individuals.

For all families with children, we ask that you meet with Msgr. McDermott or Father Joseph Sanderson to go over the specifics of the ceremony and what you are looking for to make this day special.

-Godparents are needed and one needs to be a practing Catholic.

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.




Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. (John 3:5)

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