Jesus said to his disciples, "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age" Mt 28:19-20. Baptism is our birth as Christians; we are baptized into Christ, and become members of his family. God comes to dwell in us, "If any one love me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and will make our abode with him" Jn 14:23.
With the help of God's grace, his Spirit living in us, we are able to grow more and more like him, to be transformed into his image and likeness, and we are given the promise of eternal life, a life of love, joy, peace, bliss ... If only we follow him and are willing to carry the cross as he did. And even in this life, even in the midst of trials and crosses, we have the deep joy and peace of knowing that Jesus is with us and loves us, and we are never alone - and the cross is not the end of the story. There is no greater gift than to belong to Christ and be a part of his family, the Church, the Body of Christ.
Click here for additional general information on the Sacrament of Baptism http://www.usccb.org/about/justice-peace-and-human-development/upload/baptism-handout.pdf.
For information on Baptism preparation at St. Ann Parish, please click on the link below or contact the Director of Faith Formation at 910-483-3216 or firstname.lastname@example.org.