Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua)4 and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water and in the word.”5Baptism preparation classes are required for parents of children, infant through first grade.
4 Cf. Council of Florence: 1314: vitae spiritualis ianua
5 Roman Catechism II, 2,5; cf. Council of Florence: DS1314:CIC, cann. 204 § 1; 849; CCEO, can.675 §1.