We call it gift, grace, anointing, enlightenment, garment of immortality, bath of rebirth, seal, and most precious gift. It is called gift because it is conferred on those who bring nothing of their own; grace since it is given even to the guilty; Baptism because sin is buried in the water; anointing for it is priestly and royal as are those who are anointed; enlightenment because it radiates light; clothing since it veils our shame; bath because it washes; and seal as it is our guard and the sign of God’s Lordship.
St. Mary’s offers the gift of baptism on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month at 12:30pm. Baptism Class is scheduled the first Sunday of each month in the Conference Room of the Parish Center from 12:30 to 1:30pm.
It is very important that babies be baptized as soon as possible and preferably within six weeks of birth. Therefore, Fr. Cibelli is offering this sacrament more often.
A good precedence would be, as soon as parents begin to announce their pregnancy, to call and schedule their baptism agenda shortly after.