are done by appointment only. Please contact the office
to make arrangements as soon as possible. (905) 273-6630
Parents and godparents are required to take a preparation
class prior to the Baptism of their son or daughter.
Baptisms are held on Sundays at 1:00 PM.
are given to parents and Godparents. These classes
are held monthly prior to the celebration of the Sacrament.
If you have a child to be baptized, please call the
Roman Catechism (Ad parochos, De bapt., 2, 2, 5) defines
baptism thus: Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration
by water in the word (per aquam in verbo). St. Thomas
Aquinas (III:66:1) gives this definition: "Baptism
is the external ablution of the body, performed with
the prescribed form of words."
The Baptism of Jesus
16As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up
out of the water. At that moment heaven was
opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending
like a dove and lighting on him.(NIV)
Later theologians generally distinguish formally between
the physical and the metaphysical defining of this sacrament.
By the former they understand the formula expressing
the action of ablution and the utterance of the invocation
of the Trinity; by the latter, the definition: "Sacrament
of regeneration" or that institution of Christ
by which we are reborn to spiritual life. The term "regeneration"
distinguishes baptism from every other sacrament, for
although penance revivifies men spiritually, yet this
is rather a resuscitation, a bringing back from the
dead, than a rebirth. Penance does not make us Christians;
on the contrary, it presupposes that we have already
been born of water and the Holy Ghost to the life of
grace, while baptism on the other hand was instituted
to confer upon men the very beginnings of the spiritual
life, to transfer them from the state of enemies of
God to the state of adoption, as sons of God. The definition
of the Roman Catechism combines the physical and metaphysical
definitions of baptism. "The sacrament
of regeneration" is the metaphysical essence
of the sacrament, while the physical essence is expressed
by the second part of the definition, i.e. the washing
with water (matter), accompanied by the invocation of
the Holy Trinity (form). Baptism is, therefore, the
sacrament by which we are born again of water and the
Holy Ghost, that is, by which we receive in a new and
spiritual life, the dignity of adoption as sons of God
and heirs of God's kingdom.
Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume II
Copyright © 1907 by Robert Appleton Company
Online Edition Copyright © 2003 by Kevin Knight
Imprimatur. +John M. Farley, Archbishop of New York