Through Baptism a person enters the Christian community; accordingly, this sacrament is rightly referred to as "Christian Initiation". At Baptism we celebrate the free gift of grace and salvation offered to all by God.
Whether the one(s) being baptized are adults or children, the presence of those already baptized is an essential component of the celebration of the sacrament. Simply stated, the life of each newly baptized is shaped by the community which accepts and nourishes him or her through the entire course of the Christian life. In addition, the baptismal ceremony provides an opportunity for those present to deepen their own commitment.