No Baptism LENT Season

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  • Saturday | March 16, 2019 to Wednesday | May 1, 2019
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LENT 2019  March 6, 2019 to April 21, 2019
* Did you just have a baby?  Did you call the rectory to schedule a baptism?  Did you hear that you’ll have to wait, because they don’t do baptisms during Lent?

At first, this may not make sense to you, but I assure you, there is a very good reason for this policy.  You see . . .

Lent is all about acknowledging our fallen nature and appealing to the Holy Spirit for help in conquering sin. Lent is about remembering that sin has wounded and weakened us, and that we are in desperate need of God’s grace and salvation. We can gain this grace by engaging in ancient practices which engage both the body and the spirit, and we emerge refreshed and reunited with God, humbly giving thanks for His mercy and salvation.

Baptism, on the other hand, is all about acknowledging our fallen nature and appealing to the Holy Spirit for help in conquering sin. Baptism is about remembering that sin has wounded and weakened us, and that we are in desperate need of God’s grace and salvation. We can gain this grace by engaging in ancient practices which engage both the body and the spirit, and we emerge refreshed and reunited with God, humbly giving thanks for His mercy and salvation.

So that’s why we can’t have baptisms during Lent. It just wouldn’t make sense


** If the birth occurs very late in Lent, one might envision a pastor suggesting the baptism be delayed until Easter. In this regard, Holy Week is not usually a fit time to celebrate a baptism (except in danger of death), though even here, it is not strictly forbidden on Monday-Thursday of Holy Week.

 

* Link 1 - NRC - National Catholic Register
** Link 2 OSV - Our Sunday Visitor
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