Since the time of early Christianity, Baptism has been the rite of initiation into the Christian community of the Church. In Baptism, the "one Spirit" makes us members of the Body of Christ and of "one another" (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], no. 1267). Pope John Paul II describes the result of Baptism as a "mystical unity" between Christ and his disciples, and the disciples with one another, like "branches of a single vine." This reflects the mystical communion of the Holy Trinity (Christifideles Laici [The Vocation and the Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and in the World ], no. 12).
In the one Body of Christ, all the members share "a common dignity" so that "no inequality arising from race or nationality, social condition or sex" exists, for all are one in Christ (Lumen Gentium [Dogmatic Constitution on the Church ], no. 32).
Baptism at St. Thérèse, Little Flower
Infants and children (up to age 7) of registered and active parishioners can be baptized at St. Thérèse, Little Flower. Parents must attend a Baptismal Preparation class and attend weekly Mass. If parents are members of St. Thérèse for less than 6 months, a letter is required from your previous pastor stating that you are Catholic and were an active and registered member in their parish.
Children ages seven and older, take part in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).