From the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, Page 187-192 No one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit – John 3:5
<ul><li>Christ himself had commanded us to preach the Gospel and lead others to baptism - a sharing in the life of God. </li></ul>Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. – Matthew 28:19
<ul><li>Ordinary Ministers: </li></ul><ul><li>Priest, Deacon (Latin Rite), Bishop </li></ul><ul><li>Extraordinary Ministers: </li></ul><ul><li>Baptized or Non-Baptized Person </li></ul>
<ul><li>Baptism if administered by using the Trinitarian formula: “( Name) , I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”, accompanied with the pouring of water. </li></ul>The minister must have the intention to do what the Church does when she baptizes.
<ul><li>RCIA/Christian Converts </li></ul><ul><li>Non-Christian Converts </li></ul>The Church was redeemed at the price of Christ's blood. Jew or Greek, it makes no difference; but if he has believed, he must circumcise himself from his sins [in baptism (Col. 2:11-12)] so that he can be saved . . . for no one ascends into the kingdom of heaven except through the sacrament of baptism.... "Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God" ( On Abraham 2:11:79-84 [ A.D. 387 ]). – Ambrose
<ul><li>Precatechumenate </li></ul><ul><li>Catechumenate </li></ul><ul><li>Rite of Election or Enrollment of Names </li></ul><ul><li>Purification and Enlightenment </li></ul><ul><li>Mystagogy </li></ul>
<ul><ul><li>He [Jesus] came to save all through himself – all, I say, who through him are reborn in God; infants, and children, and youths, and old men. Therefore he passed through every age, becoming an infant for infants, sanctifying infants; a child for children, sanctifying those who are of that age . . . [so that] he might be the perfect teacher in all things, perfect not only in respect to the setting forth of truth, perfect also in respect to relative age ( Against Heresies 2:22:4 [ A.D. 189 ]). (Irenaeus) </li></ul></ul>
<ul><li>“… The theory of limbo , understood as a state which includes the souls of infants who die subject to original sin and without baptism, and who, therefore, neither merit the beatific vision, nor yet are subjected to any punishment, because they are not guilty of any personal sin. This theory, elaborated by theologians beginning in the Middle Ages, never entered into the dogmatic definitions of the Magisterium, even if that same Magisterium did at times mention the theory in its ordinary teaching up until the Second Vatican Council. It remains therefore a possible theological hypothesis.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- "The Hope of Salvation for Infants Who Die Without Being Baptized” (Vol. 36, No. 45, of Origins: CNS Documentary Service, Vatican International Theological Commission) </li></ul></ul></ul>"God can therefore give the grace of baptism without the sacrament being conferred, and this fact should particularly be recalled when the conferring of baptism would be impossible…” (ibid.)
<ul><li>The role of the sponsor is to assist in the education and faith formation of the one being baptized. </li></ul>At every baptism, if possible, a sponsor should be present.
<ul><li>“ God has bound salvation to the sacrament of baptism, but He Himself is not bound by the sacraments” (CCC, no. 1257) </li></ul>Baptism of Blood Those who suffer and die for their faith before receiving Baptism. Baptism of Desire Those who desire the sacrament of baptism, but who are unable to receive the sacrament before death.