SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
Baptism is the first of the sacraments of initiation into the Catholic church. It makes us adopted children of God, incorporates us into Christ, pardons all our sins, and forms us into God’s people. It confers a permanent relationship (“character”) with Christ and his Church which lasts even should one cease to be an active member of the Catholic community. For this reason a validly baptized Christian is never re-baptized and has the right to a Christian funeral.
Bishops, Priests and Deacons are the ordinary ministers of Baptism, although anyone with the right intention may administer the sacrament in case of imminent death. The words for conferring Baptism in the Latin Church are: “I Baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”