Baptism/Confirmation

Baptisms are held the first and third Sundays at 2PM. Please schedule a few weeks in advance. 

Baptism is the mystery by which a person enters into the Body of Christ. This sacrament, like all sacraments, is a sign of a spiritual reality. The water being poured on the person is a sign of cleansing, and by the water and words said, the person is washed from all sin, most importantly that of Original Sin. The baptized person’s spirit becomes a home to the Holy Spirit where God makes His throne. Baptism is necessary for salvation and all Christians are encouraged to baptize their children after they are born. This sacrament is also available for adults who wish to enter the Church. Only the baptized may receive communion in the Catholic Church.

Confirmation is the sacrament by wish the Holy Spirit seals the person receiving the sacrament with His gifts. The effect is that of what the Apostles received at Pentecost, namely the gifts of the spirit, the strengthening of faith, and an increase of grace. The Apostles confirmed the baptized by “a laying on of hands.” The bishop is the regular minister of confirmation. However, in the Chaldean Church the chrism oil, which is blessed by the Bishop, is the sign of his participation. In our Church confirmation is administered with baptism, so that the baptized may be washed of original sin, have the Holy Spirit dwell within them, receive the gifts of the Spirit, and have their faith fortified all at once.