Baptism is the foundation of the whole of Christian life – the gateway to life in the Holy Spirit and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. It is a sacrament of initiation through which a person is reborn as a daughter or son of God and begins his or her formal relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church. Through Baptism, Christians are integrated into the Body of Christ, the Church.
Parents who seek baptism for their child are asking that their son or daughter be initiated into the Catholic community and the local church of St James the Apostle Parish. The church baptises infants and children on the faith of their parents. Since a child’s faith is learned from their parents, the ideal is that parents have a deep faith which they actively live out in the experience of the Catholic Church community
The Sacrament of Baptism marks the beginning of the journey of faith. For all Christians, it is the defining moment that reflects a deep union with Jesus Christ. There is mutual responsibility involved: the faith community of St James expresses its pastoral responsibility to its members, and the family accepts its responsibility by nurturing the faith offered in the sacrament.