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All human beings are created by God and are therefore His creatures. Yet God desires more than a creature/creator relationship with each person. God loves each of us and will provide for all of our needs, but He wants us to be in a real relationship with Him. That real relationship begins with Baptism.

Our life experiences confirm a basic human reality - our brokenness makes it easier for us to be selfish than selfless, to turn first to anger rather than forgiveness, to put ourselves first rather than others. This is the basic human condition that results from our separation from God. When we are baptized, that basic human wound is healed and we are made adopted sons and daughters of God. We become part of God's family, the Church. We receive the Holy Spirit into our soul, who gives us the grace to be selfless, to forgive and to put others first in our daily lives.

The gifts given to us in Baptism are so important, that Jesus said one must be baptized to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. In his dialogue with the Pharisee Nicodemus, Jesus said “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit."

what is the process for being baptized?

 

 IF YOUR CHILD IS UNDER THE AGE OF SEVEN:

Contact the Rectory Office at (207)532-2871 or email the Parish Catechetical Leader at least two months before the date you would like your child baptized. If you call the Office, you will be asked a few questions and will then be contacted by the Parish Catechetical Leader to set up Baptismal Preparation Sessions. Parents and godparents particpate in two Baptismal Preparation Sessions which are scheduled at your convenience. Once the sessions are completed, call the Rectory Office to schedule your child's Baptisms.

 

IF YOUR CHILD IS EIGHT AND OLDER:

Children who are eight and older have a different process for preparing for Baptism because they receive Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist at the same time, rather than separately (as with children under eight-years-old). To learn more, contact the Parish Catechetical Leader.

 

ADULT BAPTISM:

Becoming Catholic Adults seeking Baptism are enrolled in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Follow the Becoming Catholic link to the left to learn more about RCIA.