Baptism is the first sacrament celebrated in the process of becoming a full member of the Church community. It is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Baptism is, like all the sacraments, a gift from God. Water is the universal symbol. Water is absolutely essential for all life. Water cleanses and restores. It is the waters of Baptism which give us new life. In accordance, through Baptism we also die to our old sinful selves in order to be restored and resurrected in the new life of Christ.
“The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1279)
Baptism Preparation for Infants at St. George
The Baptism preparation class is offered to parents and those who will serve as godparents by appointment. Appointments may be scheduled with Deacon Steve Beers by calling 770-883-6410. Parents and godparents of children and expectant parents may attend.
Baptism Preparation for Children over the Age of Seven
Children who are over the age of seven must attend the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children program, for one year, prior to being baptized. For more information, contact Martha Vahanian, Director of Faith Formation, at 770-683-8979.
Baptism Preparation for Adults
Non-Catholic adults who wish to learn more about Baptism in the Catholic Church are invited to participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults program. For more information, click here or contact Deacon Steve Beers at 770-251-5353.
Scheduling a Baptism
Infant Baptisms are celebrated on the Second Saturday morning of each month and can be scheduled through the parish office. Please review the document above for specific requirements.