"Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: 'Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.'" - Catechism of the Catholic Church 1213
Baptism is adoption into the family of God. It is a grafting onto the family tree of Jesus Christ.
The Sacrament of Baptism is the entrance into the Catholic faith and often called "The door to the Church". It is the first of the seven sacraments. Children six years old and under are received through infant baptism. Those seven and older are recieved through the Rite of Christian Initiation.
* parents attend a baptism class
* completion of parent paper work
* completion of Godparent paper work which includes the Godparent's parish seal and signature
* letter of permission to baptize from home parish if parents are not member of St. Thomas More
Rite of Christan Initiation
* Preparation classes for children 4th grade and above are weekly, on Sunday mornings, September - May.
* Preparation classes for adults are monthly inquiry sessions, on Wednesday evenings, April - September and then weekly sessions, on Sunday mornings, September - May.
"For men who believe in Christ and have been properly baptized are put in some, though imperfect, communion with the Catholic Church. Justified by faith in Baptism, they are incorporated into Christ; they therefore have a right to be called Christians, and with good reason are accepted as brothers by the children of the Catholic Church." Baptism therefore constitutes the sacramental bond of unity existing among all who through it are reborn." Catechism of the Catholic Church 1271