Baptism is the first sacrament of the Church, enabling the recipient to become a child of God, a brother or sister in Christ, and enabling that person to receive the other sacraments.

In Baptism, water is poured on a person’s head, or he or she is immersed in water as the minister says “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” Through Baptism, Original Sin is forgiven (along with the personal sins of an older candidate for the sacrament), the recipient is infused with sanctifying grace, and receives the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity together with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

The Church teaches that a person unable to receive Baptism by water might instead benefit from a “Baptism by blood” (martyrdom) or a “Baptism of desire” by which a person whose desire to be baptized has gone unfulfilled might still benefit from the sacrament.

To arrange for the baptism of a child under the age of reason (usually age 7) call the parish office at (313)274-4500. To arrange for the baptism of an older child or an adult, please contact Fr. Patrick Stoffer at (313)274-4500, or at

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