The origin and foundation of Christian Baptism is Jesus. Before starting his public ministry, Jesus submitted himself to the baptism given by John the Baptist. The waters did not purify him; he cleansed the waters. . . . Jesus did not need to be baptized because he was totally faithful to the will of his Father and free from sin. However, he wanted to show his solidarity with human beings in order to reconcile them to the Father. By commanding his disciples to baptize all nations, he established the means by which people would die to sin – Original and actual – and begin to live a new life with God.
In Baptism, the Holy Spirit moves us to answer Christ's call to holiness. In Baptism, we are asked to walk by the light of Christ and to trust in his wisdom. We are invited to submit our hearts to Christ with ever deeper love.
The sacrament is celebrated seasonally. Parental preparation for Baptism is required, if it is your first child. Godparents must be practicing Catholics in good standing, received the sacrament of Confirmation, and present a sponsor certificate from the Church in which they are registered. For Non-Catholic Godparents, they are a Christian Witness. Non-Catholic must provide a valid baptismal certificate and a sponsor letter from their Church. For further questions please call the Rectory at 973-748-1800.
Baptism of Children of Catechetical Age (ages 7 and up)
Please contact the Religious Education Office 973-743-4061.
Adults Seeking Baptism (RCIA)
Please see our information about the Right of Christian Initiation of Adults and Contact Fr. Lukasz at 973-748-1800