This is a volunteer need that doesn’t take a lot of time but can make a HUGE difference in the lives of those you minister to. Our baptism ministry team is in need of parents to help prepare parents and godparents as they seek baptism for their children. The classes meet one Sunday afternoon every other month. Training and all materials are provided. Easy peasy. Contact Heidi at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
Baptism marks the entry of the believer into the Christian community. Along with Confirmation and the Eucharist, Baptism is one of the Sacraments of Initiation. It acts like a sort of gate which opens into the other sacraments. Through Baptism, we have access to the full sacramental life of the Church. We are freed from sin and joined with Christ, sharing in His divinity and destined for eternal life. Baptism leaves us indelibly marked and permanently changed. Once Baptized, we are no longer the person we once were. We have been reborn, dying to our old selves, dying to death and sin, and rising to new life in Christ.
Since the liturgical reforms initiated by Vatican II, there are three separate rites for Baptism:
The essential part of the baptismal rite consists of pouring water over the head and saying the Trinitarian formula: "I baptize you, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." The usual minister of Baptism is the priest or deacon, but anyone can baptize in an emergency. Although water and the Trinitarian formula make the sacrament valid, the ordinary rite usually includes the anointing of the forehead of the candidate with holy oil. This oil is blessed by the bishop at the Mass of Chrism on Maundy Thursday. In the Old Testament, priests, prophets, and kings were anointed with oil, and as the priest anoints the candidate he says:
God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, has freed you from sin, given you a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and welcomed you into His holy people. He now anoints you with the chrism of salvation. As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, and King, so may you live always as a member of His body, sharing everlasting life.
Once the newly baptized are anointed, they are given a white garment to signify their new life in Christ, and a candle lit from the pascal candle. Like Christ who is the light of the world, the newly Baptized Christian carries the light of Christ out into the world.
--Faith for the Future: A New Illustrated Catechism