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Pope Benedict XVI on Baptism

The Holy Father stressed that "remaining true to Baptism in the context of the modern world
means saying 'yes' to Christ and to life, and 'no' to evil and death.
We can say that also in our own time it is necessary to say 'no' to a culture largely dominated by death;
an anti-culture which shows itself, for example, in drugs, in escape from reality, in illusion, and in the false happiness
that is expressed in lies, fraud, injustice, and contempt for others, for solidarity,
and for responsibility towards the poor and the suffering."

This culture of death, he added, "is expressed in a sexuality which becomes pure enjoyment without responsibility,
which makes man a mere object, no longer a person but a commodity."

"To this seeming promise of happiness, to this apparent life which in reality is no more than an instrument of death,
to this anti-culture, we say 'no' in order to cultivate the culture of life.
Baptism today is a great 'yes' to life, a 'yes' to Christ, a 'yes' to the One Who conquered death."

Benedict XVI affirmed that the 'yes' to the culture of life is expressed in the Ten Commandments.
They "are not prohibitions but a vision of life" he said, adding that they are a "yes" to God Who gives meaning to life.
"'Yes' to the family, the fourth commandment; 'yes' to life, the fifth commandment; 'yes' to responsible love, the sixth commandment; 'yes' to solidarity, social responsibility and justice, the seventh commandment; 'yes' to truth, the eighth commandment; 'yes' to respect for others and for what belongs to them, ninth and tenth commandments. This is the philosophy and the culture of life that take concrete and practical form in communion with Christ."


VATICAN CITY,  JAN 9, 2005 (VIS) - The Pope's Angelus reflections today, the feast of the Baptism of Jesus, highlighted this sacrament which he said the Evangelists considered as the start of Jesus' messianic ministry. "Christ's mission, thus begun, was fulfilled in the paschal mystery in which, having died and risen, He took away the sin of the world."
  "The mission of every Christian also begins with Baptism," said the Holy Father. "The rediscovery of Baptism, through appropriate itineraries of adult catechesis, is thus an important aspect of the new evangelization. Renewing in a more mature fashion one's own adherence to the faith is the condition for a true and full participation in the Eucharistic celebration that is the summit of ecclesial life."
  After praying the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square, the Pope said "my thoughts turn this Sunday of the Lord's Baptism to all the children who were baptized in the course of the year. I embrace and bless them. I also bless their godfathers and godmothers and, in a special way, the parents of the newly baptized, asking everyone to cultivate in them, through word and example, the seeds of divine life born in the sacrament of Baptism."
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Classes are scheduled each month for parents of children less than six years of age. Those who are six years or older will enter the Rite of Initiation for Children. To register, please call 636-8159. Classes are conducted in the Parish Life Center at 7:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month for first time parents. For second and additional child, the session will be on the third Tuesday in February, April, June, August, October and December. Baptisms will be scheduled at the conclusion of the class.