You are preparing for a baptism. It might be your own or it might be your child’s. Either way, I invite you to read through this brochure with an expectation that this event is the most significant thing for which you could ever plan. For it truly is! Baptism is one of two things that Jesus instructed the early Church to do without providing a lot of clear theological instructions (the other is the meal of Holy Communion). What we know about baptism is that Jesus commands that we do it (“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” Matthew 28:19) and that it is an important part of one’s salvation (“The one who believes and is baptized will be saved…” Mark 16:16). That obviously leaves a lot of questions regarding what happens in baptism and how it is to be done.