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." Catechism of the Catholic Church 1213
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." Catechism of the Catholic Church 1214-1215
Receiving the Sacrament of Baptism
Adults who are interested in receiving Baptism and becoming a member of the Church should contact Father Ambros, a parochial vicar for both St. Rocco and St. Patrick. Please use our Contact page to do so.
If you would like to have your child baptized in the Church, please contact the parish office. We will be able to work with you and walk you through the steps necessary to prepare for this exciting event!
St. Patrick: (516) 676-0276
St. Rocco: (516) 676-2482