The Waters of Baptism
“Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children 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 world”
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, no 1213)
Baptism is the one sacrament that all Christian denominations share in common. In the Catholic Church, infants, teens and adults are baptized to welcome them into the Catholic faith and to free them from the original sin they were born with.
In most cases, the parish priest or deacon administers the sacrament, anointing the person being baptized with oils, and pouring blessed water over the person’s head not just once but three times.
Parents wishing to have their child(ren) baptized here at St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish (Church of the Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Mount Carmel) must be registered with the parish in order to schedule a baptism date (which can be done online at www.montclaircatholics.org) and must attend a Baptismal Preparation Class prior to the child’s baptism. Baptisms are normally celebrated on select days and Baptismal Preparation Sessions are held on select Thursday evenings and Saturday Mornings. Please contact the Parish office for details.