The first of the seven sacraments, and the “door” which gives access to the other sacraments. Baptism is the first and chief sacrament of forgiveness of sins because it unites us with Christ, who died for our sins and rose for our justification. Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist constitute the “sacraments of initiation” by which a believer receives the remission of original and personal sin, begins a new life in Christ and the Holy Spirit, and is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ. The rite of Baptism consists in immersing the candidate in water, or pouring water on the head, while pronouncing the invocation of the Most Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Baptisms At Christ the King, a child’s Baptism is a parish-wide celebration. Parents who bring their children for Baptism accept the life-long responsibility of educating their children in the ways of our faith and exercising their faith through active participation in parish life and regular Mass attendance. Baptisms are performed following the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Masses or by appointment. They must be scheduled in advance by calling the Parish Office at 321-4121. Baptism Preparation Baptism Preparation classes (required of all first-time parents) will explain the Baptism ritual and symbols, review qualifications for godparents and suggest methods for passing on the faith to their children. This class is also an opportunity for the parish to welcome young families and to offer spiritual guidance and support. The simple, low-key sessions are also designed to introduce young families to each other, perhaps embarking on a lifetime of friendship. It is recommended that expectant parents attend prior to the birth of their child if possible. Classes are usually held the 4th Thursday of the month (except December) at 7:30 p.m. in the Parlor in The Cross and Crown Atrium. Class registration is required by contacting the Parish Office at 321-4121.