The Sacrament of Baptism
The Church Teaches:
In the sacrament of Baptism, we are reborn as Christians and we gain the grace that permits us to share in God’s life.
Baptism is a true sacrament instituted by Christ. It is administered by washing with natural water and at the same time invoking the Most Holy Trinity. Anybody- even an unbeliever or a heretic- can validly administer baptism. Since it confers grace by the signs being properly carried out, children can- and should- be baptised even while still infants. Baptism is necessary for salvation. Baptism affects the remission of original sin and actual sins and of all punishment due to sin; it confers sanctifying grace, membership in Christ and in the Church and the obligation to obey the Church’s laws and give an indelible character.
Catechism of the Catholic Church: THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
Most Catholics receive the sacrament as infants, but converts to Catholicism can receive the sacrament at any point in their lives.
Baptism in Clara Parish
To arrange a baptism in Clara:
Baptism of infants usually takes place on the first & third Sundays of each month after 11:30am Mass. For booking a baptism, both parents are invited to attend the monthly pre-baptism meeting and to bring with them a copy of the child’s birth certificate. Check our parish newsletters for the date of the next meeting or contact the parish office for details.