Tag: Baptism

Gift of baptism is to be cherished, pope says at audience

Gift of baptism is to be cherished, pope says at audience

Children have a right to be brought up in the Christian faith, Pope Francis said.

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Reborn in baptism, Christians are called to live like Christ, pope says

Reborn in baptism, Christians are called to live like Christ, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | May 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

The baptismal font is a tomb in which a person dies to sin, and it is a womb through which a person is born to new life in Christ, Pope Francis said.

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Name given at baptism gives sense of identity, belonging, pope says

Name given at baptism gives sense of identity, belonging, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | April 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Naming a child is an important task for parents, because it gives children a sense of identity and belonging to their family and to God, Pope Francis said.

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Baptism opens door to Holy Spirit’s action, pope says

Baptism opens door to Holy Spirit’s action, pope says

| April 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Parents who prefer not to baptize their children in the hopes that they will “understand and ask for baptism” as adults lack faith that the Holy Spirit will act in their child’s life, Pope Francis said.

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Family seeks Fulton Sheen’s intercession for newborn son’s healing

Family seeks Fulton Sheen’s intercession for newborn son’s healing

| March 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

Even before Katherine and Jeff Dobbs were married, they had a name picked out for a future son: Fulton Francis. Fulton, for Archbishop Fulton Sheen, the mid-20th century priest known for his broadcast evangelism; and Francis, for Pope Francis, whom the couple later met at a general audience during their honeymoon in 2017.

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The symbols of baptism

The symbols of baptism

| Father Michael Van Sloun | December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Water. Water is the primary symbol of baptism. John the Baptist used water (Mt 3:11; Mk 1:8a; Jn 1:33; 3:23), as did Jesus (Jn 3:22). Jesus is living water (Jn 4:10), and when Jesus died, the water that flowed from his pierced side serves as a wellspring of his life and grace (Jn 19:34).

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Two sets of second-grade twins baptized at Columbia Heights school

Two sets of second-grade twins baptized at Columbia Heights school

| September 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

Second grade often is a time parents start thinking about their children receiving the sacraments, Principal Jane Bona said, because it’s a year in which Catholic children receive both their first reconciliation and first Communion.

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The godparent’s role in baptism

The godparent’s role in baptism

| Father Michael Van Sloun | September 26, 2017 | 1 Comment

When the time for an infant baptism arrives, it is also the time for the parents to select the godparents. This is a matter of tremendous spiritual importance, and the parents should use a number of spiritual criteria to make their choice.

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Spiritual effects and benefits of baptism

Spiritual effects and benefits of baptism

| Father Michael Van Sloun | August 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, and it has powerful and long-lasting effects. It changes the spiritual character of a person forever, and the mark of transformation is so permanent that it is indelible; it can never be erased. What follows is a concise list of nine of the most important effects and benefits of the sacrament of baptism.

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Parental duties to their baptized children

Parental duties to their baptized children

| Father Michael Van Sloun | July 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

During the rite of baptism, after the parents request the sacrament of baptism for their child, the priest or deacon states, “You are accepting the responsibility of training your child in the practice of the faith.” Then, before the pouring of water, the instruction to the parents is repeated: “Make it your constant care to bring your child up in the practice of the faith.”

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The waters of baptism

The waters of baptism

| Father Michael Van Sloun | June 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Water is the principal symbol for baptism. John baptized Jesus with water in the Jordan River. Jesus and his disciples went into the region of Judea, where they baptized others with water (Jn 3:22-23). When Jesus died, water flowed from his pierced side (Jn 19:34), an outpouring of his grace through water. It is a rich symbol filled with spiritual meaning.

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Infant baptisms in the Church

Infant baptisms in the Church

| Father Michael Van Sloun | May 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

The following is meant to help Catholics be more conversant in the Church’s practice and to motivate Catholic parents to prioritize their infants’ baptisms.

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