Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, as we are born of the water and the Spirit.
Baptism is necessary for salvation, and conveys a permanent sign that the new Christian
is a child of God. Jesus himself was baptized in the Jordan River by Saint John the Baptist.

The Greek word "baptizein" means to "immerse, plunge, or dip." The infant or candidate is
anointed with the oil of catechumens, followed by the parents, godparents, or candidate making
the profession of faith. The essential rite of Baptism consists of the Priest pouring water on to
the head of the infant or candidate, while pronouncing "I baptize you in the name of the Father,
the Son, and the Holy Spirit." The infant or candidate is then anointed with sacred chrism.

What has taken place in Baptism is indicated by the rites that follow it, the clothing in the white
garment and giving of the lighted candle: the baptized person has "put on Christ" and has now
become light.
The Sacrament
Services Available
I am available to perform either of the following Baptismal ceremonies, for an infant, young adult,
or adult candidate, at your home or other place of your choosing:

  • Baptismal Ceremony for children; Baptismal/Conformation Ceremony for adults
  • Catholic Mass including Baptismal Ceremony

Baptisms traditionally take place on Sundays.
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or by calling:   518.859.5710

God Bless!   Bishop Richard
(c) 2009 - 2016: Fr.