We are excited that you are considering the sacrament of Baptism. Baptism is a powerful sacrament that washes away original sin and its effects. It gives us a new identity as adopted children of God, connects us to a new community of believers, initiates us into a new way of living, and provides a clear mission in life as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Being the first of seven sacraments, Baptism is the entrance into the Catholic faith and often called “The door to the Church”. Children six years old and under are received through infant baptism. Those seven and older are received through the Rite of Christian Initiation.
“Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), 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, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: ‘Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.'” – Catechism of the Catholic Church 1213