English Baptisms are celebrated on Third Saturdays at 11:00 AM in English. and Spanish Baptisms are celebrated on Third Saturdays at 1:00 PM.
Please call the Rectory at 908-241-1250 for scheduled dates. Registration in the parish is required and baptism preparation class is highly recommended. Sponsors need verification of belonging to a Church.
Bautismos en Ingles se celebran los tercer sabados de cada mes a las 11 de la mañana. Los Bautimos en español se celebran los tercer sabados cada mes a las 1 de la tarde. Por favor llamar a la rectoria (908) 241-1250 para mayor informacion. Es un requerimiento ser parroquiano registrado, asi como asistir a las clases de preparacion para el bautismo. Los padrinos necesitan carta de recomendacion de sus respectivas parroquias.
The origin and foundation of Christian Baptism is Jesus. Before starting his public ministry, Jesus submitted himself to the baptism given by John the Baptist. The waters did not purify him; he cleansed the waters. "He comes to sanctify the Jordan for our sake . . . to begin a new creation through the Spirit and water" (St. Gregory Nazianzen,Liturgy of the Hours, I, 634).
In his dialogue with Nicodemus, Jesus taught that Baptism was necessary for salvation. "No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit" (Jn 3:5). After his Resurrection, Jesus met with the eleven Apostles and gave them the commission to preach the Gospel and baptize, telling them, "Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved" (Mk 16:16).
The word baptism in its origins is Greek and means "immersion" and "bath." Immersion in water is a sign of death and emersion out of the water means new life. To bathe in water is also to undergo cleansing. Saint Paul sums up this truth when he says, "You were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead" (Col 2:12).
(From: USCCB: Baptism and RCIA)