the sacrament of baptism
The sacrament of Baptism is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation and is the first of the seven sacraments in the Catholic Church. Baptism removes the effects of Original Sin which taints all of humanity by Adam and Eve's sin, and welcomes the recipient into the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ on earth.
The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated on the second Sunday of each month (except during Lent). Other times may be possible in extenuating circumstances.
Because parents promise before God and the Church they will raise their child in the practice of the Catholic faith, they need to indicate their commitment by being registered, actively attending weekly Sunday Mass, and offering financial support of the parish for at least three months before requesting Baptism.
Parents of a first born (including not yet born) attend a three-session Baptism preparation workshop. Workshops for 2019-2020 are scheduled for the following dates. Each session will be held following the 9:00 a.m. Mass from 10:15-11:45 a.m.
- Workshop 4: May 17, 24, and 31, 2020
- Workshop 1: September 13, 20, and 27, 2020
- Workshop 2: November 8, 15, and 22, 2020
- Workshop 3: February 14, 21, and 28, 2021
- Workshop 4: May 16, 23, and 30, 2021
To register for the Baptism preparation classes, please email or call Dr. Chris Diffenderfer, Director of Faith Formation (843-471-2677). To inquire about Baptism at Saint Clare of Assisi, please email Father West. Please complete the application for Baptism using the link to the online form or by downloading and completing the application, which can be emailed or mailed to Father West.
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