The Sacrament of Baptism

Baptism is God's most beautiful and magnificent gift....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.

(CC1214) This sacrament is called Baptism, after the central rite by which it is carried out: to baptize (Greek baptizein) means to "plunge" or "immerse"; the "plunge" into the water symbolizes the catechumen's burial into Christ's death, from which he rises up by resurrection with him, as "a new creature."

(CC1215) This sacrament is also called "the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit," for it signifies and actually brings about the birth of water and the Spirit without which no one "can enter the kingdom of God."

(CC1216) "This bath is called enlightenment, because those who receive this [catechetical] instruction are enlightened in their understanding... Having received in Baptism the Word, "the true light that enlightens every man," the person baptized has been "enlightened," he becomes a "son of light," indeed, he becomes "light" himself.

At Saints Peter and Paul Church, parents seeking Baptism for their child attend one preparation session; options are offered on the first Sunday afternoon of each month at 12:30 PM or the second Tuesday evening of each month at 7:30 PM. The sessions last for one hour and you are welcome to bring the infant if you so desirent to.

This session provides opportunity for parents to reflect on their faith and the sacrament of Baptism. Please call Laura at the Parish Center (847) 516-AMEN (2636) to reserve a date. 

Baptism for adults is part of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, see Adult Sacraments.

For children between the ages of 3 and 7 (and their families) Baptism is celebrated and prepared for in the same way as Infant Baptism.  See Sacrament Information for greater detail.  For children over the age of 8 who have not been baptized, please call Laura at (847/516-2636).  For children over the age of 8 and who have been baptized in another Tradition, please call Laura at the number already listed.

*This text was taken from the Universal Catecism of the Catholic Church. More information about baptism can be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1213-1284) or at