In Baptism, the first sacrament of initiation, a person is born again into the Living Body
of Christ. He or she is given a name as a share in the Divine Life of Jesus Christ.
God desires the salvation of every person and he makes this possible through a rebirth
in the Holy Spirit and adoption into his family and kingdom.
The signs and symbols used are water, anointing with oil, laying on of hands and
presentation of a lighted candle.
Unlike ordinary symbols these actually accomplish what they signify on the spiritual
Water = cleansing and life giving
Oil = participation in the kingship of Jesus and his priesthood.
Imposition of hands = indwelling of the Holy Spirit and
Candle = the light and life of Christ.
Click here for the Diocesan Norms for Sacraments of Christian Initiation and First
View the trailer for "Baptism - One "Ohana", a video for baptismal catechesis with
captivating images of Hawai'i. Click here for the full video.
The website for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has a
wealth of information and resources for local Catechists. More information HERE.