BAPTISMS will be held the last Saturday of each month
at 10:00 a.m.
Please call the rectory to schedule.
Requirements for Baptism
You must be a registered member of Annunciation Parish. Godparents must be 16 years and baptized Catholic who are practicing their faith. To schedule a baptism you must call the parish office. Baptisms are not scheduled during Lent. Expectant parents are required to attend an evening of preparation before the baptism of their child.
Spanish classes: Please call Ramon Medina (570) 233-3010 or Martha Medina (570) 582-3318 for dates and times.
CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH (CCC)
THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
1213 Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit Ivitae spiritualis ianua).4 and the door which gives access to other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as songs 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."5
1214 This sacrament is called Baptism, after the central rite by which it is carred 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."6
1215 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."7
1216 "This bath is called enlightenment, because those who receive this [catechetical] instruction are enlightened in their understanding . . . ."8 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:9
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.10