Baptism is the Sacrament which makes you a Christian and a member of the Catholic Church and gives you the right to receive the other Sacraments. Baptism affects the soul by: taking away all sin (Original sin, venial and mortal sins); putting Sanctifying Grace into your soul for the first time; and by bringing the Holy Spirit to dwell in your soul. Jesus said “Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God” (John 3:5). Baptism is administered by the pouring of water over the forehead of the person to be baptized and saying while pouring the water, “I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:18). Sponsors at Baptism are those who are supposed to see that their godchildren stay faithful to their religious duties (the sponsor has to be a good Catholic at least fourteen years old). The person to be baptized takes the name of a Saint to have that Saint’s prayerful support and be an example to inspire a life well lived. Babies must be baptized within the first two or three weeks because they have Original Sin on their souls, thus no Sanctifying Grace. Parishioners may arrange for Baptisms by contacting the Pastor. Baptisms are celebrated on Sundays after the 10:00 a.m. Mass.