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.

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…”

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 has the intention of doing that which the Church does and provided that he pours 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).

 

 

Baptism at Prince of Peace

Contact: Joe Seaver | 812-265-4166 ext 239| This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Our parish provides a baptismal program designed for parents. One goal of the program is to help parents become aware of the significance of baptism as being the beginning, not an end, to a lifelong commitment. The program addresses the purpose of baptism from both a spiritual and practical standpoint.

Baptismal preparation programs are typically held in January, March, May, and September.

If you are interested in the sacrament of baptism at Prince of Peace, you must be a registered parishioner.

To register your child (INFANT - 5 YEARS) for baptism please use this Baptismal Registration Form; for more information please email Joe Seaver 812-265-4166 ext 239

To register your school-aged children (6 YEARS to 17 YEARS) for baptism please use this Baptismal Registration Form; for more information please call or email Joe Seaver 812-265-4166 ext 239 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Adults (18 YEARS +) wishing to complete the Sacrament of Baptism please see (RCIA).

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