"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 [no, 1213 Catechism of the Catholic Church].”  Along with Eucharist and Confirmation, Baptism is one of the three sacraments of initiation which form the core of our Faith as they help us to begin and sustain our life in the Church.  In the Roman Catholic Church, priests and deacons baptize. Baptism is a commitment to be an active member of the Church.  Although it was not so in the early church, Baptism is most often administered to infants.  Aside from Lent, Baptisms are typically celebrated in our parish on Sundays immediately following the 10:30 a.m. Mass [although there are exceptions].  Parents who are anticipating the birth of the first child are required to take a Baptism preparation class prior to the baptism.  For further information or to register, call 412-321-3186.  Adults who seek to be baptized and become members of the Church are welcome to participate in the RCIA [Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults] Process.