Baptisms at Immaculate Conception Parish
In the first of the seven sacraments, one is cleansed of sin, received into the Body of Christ, and made an heir of heaven. Adults and children older than seven prepare for Baptism by participating in the RCIA and RCIC process. Infant Baptism is celebrated at Immaculate Conception on Sundays after the 12:15 Mass. At St. Hilary, Baptism is celebrated after the 10:30 AM Mass. At Sacred Heart, Baptism is celebrated after the 9:00 AM Mass. Parents should attend a preparation class before scheduling a Baptism. These classes are held throughout the year. Please review the website for class dates and call the rectory to register.
Questions regarding Baptism or to schedule a Baptism should be directed to Deacon Jeff Hirst by calling the rectory or email email@example.com.
Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons 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 word.
This sacrament is called Baptism, after the central rite by which it is carried out: to baptize (Greek baptizein) means to “plunge” or “immerse”; the “plunge” into the water symbolizes the catechumen’s burial into Christ’s death, from which he rises up by resurrection with him, as “a new creature.
This sacrament is also called “the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit,” for it signifies and actually brings about the birth of water and the Spirit without which no one “can enter the kingdom of God.
“This bath is called enlightenment, because those who receive this [catechetical] instruction are enlightened in their understanding . . . .” Having received in Baptism the Word, “the true light that enlightens every man,” the person baptized has been “enlightened,” he becomes a “son of light,” indeed, he becomes “light” himself.
Baptism is God’s most beautiful and magnificent gift. . . .We call it gift, grace, anointing, enlightenment, garment of immortality, bath of rebirth, seal, and most precious gift. It is called gift because it is conferred on those who bring nothing of their own; grace since it is given even to the guilty; Baptism because sin is buried in the water; anointing for it is priestly and royal as are those who are anointed; enlightenment because it radiates light; clothing since it veils our shame; bath because it washes; and seal as it is our guard and the sign of God’s Lordship. (Source: Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1213-1216)
Immaculate Conception Church
119 West Chestnut Street
Washington, PA 15301
Immaculate Conception Weekend Service Times
Saturday Vigil: 5:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am, 10:30am, 12:15pm
Saint Hilary Church
320 Henderson Avenue
Washington, PA 15301
Saint Hilary Service Times
Saturday Vigil: 4:00 PM
Sunday: 10:30 AM
Sacred Heart Church
Claysville, PA 15323
Sacred Heart Weekend Service Time