According to the Apostle Paul, the believer enters through Baptism into communion with Christ's death, is buried with Him, and rises with Him:
"Do you know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptzed into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life" (Romans 6:3-3; cf. Colossians 2:12).
The baptized have "put on Christ" (Gal 3:27). Through the Holy Spirit, Baptism is a bath that purifies, justifies, and sanctifies (1 Cor 6:11; 12:13).
- Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1227
Baptism is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation; the other two are Confirmation and Eucharist. In the waters of Baptism, we become members of the Body of Christ--God's People; we are configured to Jesus Christ the High Priest and share in his prophetic, kingly, and priestly mission; original sin is remitted.
NOTE: All sacramental records are kept at the parish of St. Mary of the Annunciation in Cambridge.
Baptism of Children
To be eligible to be a godmother or godfather, one must be confirmed in the Catholic Church, a practicing Catholic, and if married, married validly in the Catholic Church. Parents and godparents will have to take a baptismal preparation class. There is a cost to rent the MIT Chapel for a Baptism (for students, the cost has been waived). To reserve the Chapel for a baptism, visit: http://studentlife.mit.edu/cac/personal-event-opportunities.
For adults interested in baptism, we offer the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
For adults who have not been baptized, the ordinary way to enter the Catholic Church is through a series of classes and liturgical events that culminate in the person receiving the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Communion on the Easter Vigil (the Saturday night before Easter Sunday). This is called RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). Anyone interested in learning more about the Catholic faith can start RCIA classes without thereby committing to entering the Catholic Church. At MIT, the classes usually start in early to mid-October, and continue through the end of the school year. We meet for one hour a week on Sundays (11:15am-12:15 pm in W11 Small Dining Room). It's also important to meet several times individually with the priest or deacon. For an initial conversation, contact Fr. Michael (firstname.lastname@example.org).