Baptism

The sacrament of baptism ushers us into the divine life, cleanses us from sin, and initiates us as members of the Christian community. It is the foundation for the sacramental life.  

At baptism, the presider prays over the water:

Father, look now with love upon your Church, and unseal for her the fountain of baptism. By the power of the Holy Spirit give to this water the grace of your Son, so that in the sacrament of baptism all those whom you have created in your likeness may be cleansed from sin and rise to a new birth of innocence by water and the Holy Spirit. (Christian Initiation of Adults, #222A)

Freed from Sin

Baptism frees us from the bondage of original and actual sin. Water is poured in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Today, the sacrament of baptism is often performed on infants, shortly after birth. Adult baptisms take place at the Easter Vigil through the restored Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Adults or children who have been baptized in a valid Christian church are not baptized again in the Catholic church. As we say in the Nicene Creed, “I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins…”

The Catechism teaches:
"The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ" (CCC 1279).

Baptismal Symbols

  • Water – The waters of baptism recall Jesus’ own baptism by John the Baptist in the river Jordan. Water is a symbol of cleansing and renewal as we begin a new life in Christ. We are washed clean of sin.
  • Oil – At baptism we are anointed into the life of Christ as “priest, prophet and king.” A cross is traced on the candidate’s forehead as a reminder that we are inheritors of the Kingdom of God.
  • Light – The baptismal candle is lit from the Paschal or Easter candle that stands in the church as a sign of Christ’s light in the world. At baptism, we receive the light of Christ and are called forth to share this light with the world.
  • White garment – The white garment that is placed upon us at baptism is a symbol of Christ’s victory over death and his glorious resurrection. Likewise, the white garment or pall that is placed over the coffin at the time of death recalls our baptismal promises and reminds us that we are destined for eternal life.

While in ordinary circumstances, sacraments in the Catholic Church are administered validly by a member of the ordained clergy, in an emergency situation, the sacrament of baptism can be administered by anyone.

In case of necessity, any person can baptize provided that he have the intention of doing that which the Church does and provided that he pour water on the candidates head while saying: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (CCC 1284).

 

Those seeking to receive the sacrament of Baptism for your infant, must be registered active members of Blessed Sacrament Parish for at least three (3) months prior to being able to celebrate this sacrament.
 

To be considered “Active Parishioner Status” is as follows: Weekly participation in worship through attendance at a weekend Mass, evidenced by your weekly envelope in the offertory, and active involvement in a parish or school ministry, and participation in Grateful Sacrificial Giving. 

 

How do I start the process to have my infant baptized at Blessed Sacrament?

You will need to be registered and an active member at Blessed Sacrament Church for at least 3 months prior to the requested date of the baptism. Call Sharon at 843-556-0801 to confirm active membership or for any questions. Contact Us

Requirements for Godparents of Infants

Only one Catholic godparent is necessary for a Baptism but if there are two, they must be male and female. A baptized non-Catholic Christian may serve as a witness to the Baptism but not as godparent. In order for someone to be eligible as a godparent they must be chosen by the parents, have the ability and the intention to fulfill the role, be at least 16 years of age, be a confirmed Roman Catholic, who has already received the Most Holy Eucharist, is leading a life in harmony with the Catholic Faith and if married, must have been married in the church or had the marriage convalidated (Blessed). Godparents are also required to take a Baptism preparation class, be registered in the parish and attending Mass regularly for at least three months. (If you have moved here recently from another Parish, a letter from your previous parish verifying you were a registered and active parishioner will fulfill the 3 month requirement.) Attendance is verified through the use of offertory envelopes. Even if you are unable to contribute financially each week or if you contribute online, please still place your envelope in the basket anyway as it is the only way to verify attendance at Mass. Also, if you attend mass at another parish, please put your envelope in their offertory basket as the churches all mail envelopes back to the home parish.

How do I get a Godparent sponsorship Form?

Members of Blessed Sacrament may call Sharon Perkins at 556-0801 to let her know. If you are from another parish, you will need to contact your parish to have them send the form to Blessed Sacrament and must be received prior to the baptism. More questions? Contact Us

When does the Sacrament of Baptism take place for Infants?

Infant Baptism's normally take place following the 11:00am Mass on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Sundays of the month. If a family would like the Baptism performed at another time, please call Sharon at 843-556-0801 to discuss options. There are no Baptisms during Lent.

Baptism's for children

Children 5yrs thru 8th grade will need to participate in classes to prepare for the Sacrament. It is encouraged for them to also attend Sunday School Classes. Please call 843-556-0801 and ask for Sr. Colie.

I am an Adult and would like to be baptized in the Catholic church?

Adults or children past 8th grade age will need to participate in the RCIA program. Contact Sr. Colie at 843-556-0801 RCIA information

Spanish Infant Baptism?

Please Contact Patricia Mochizuki at 556-9313.