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St. Mary Parish | Appleton, WI

Sacrament of Initiation

Baptism is the first and one of three sacraments for Initiation into the Church.  The other two sacraments of Initiation are Holy Eucharist and Confirmation.

Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, 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 and in the word (CCC 1213).