St. Catherine of Siena Mission
4:00 P.M St. Catherine of
Siena - Humansville

6:30 P.M. Sacred Heart-Bolivar

8:00 A.M. Sacred Heart-Bolivar     10:30A.M. Sacred Heart-Bolivar
Sacred Heart Church
1405 West Fair Play Street
Bolivar, Missouri   65613
Phone: 417.326.5596
St. Catherine of Siena Mission
100 N. Jefferson
Humansville, Missouri 65674
Phone: 417-326-5596
to our Parish
"In his dialogue with Nicodemus, Jesus taught that Baptism was
necessary  for salvation. "No one can enter the kingdom of God
without   being   born  of   water   and  Spirit " (Jn 3:5).  After  his
Resurrection, Jesus met with the eleven Apostles and gave them
the commission to preach the Gospel and baptize, telling them,
"Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved" (Mk 16:16).

The word baptism in its origins is Greek and means "immersion" and
"bath." Immersion in water is a sign of death and emersion out of the
water means new life. To bathe in water is also to undergo cleansing. Saint Paul sums up this truth when he says, "You were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead" (Col 2:12).

The origin and foundation of Christian Baptism is Jesus. Before starting his public ministry, Jesus submitted himself to the baptism given by John the Baptist. The waters did not purify him; he cleansed the waters. "He comes to sanctify the Jordan for our sake . . . to begin a new creation through the Spirit and water" (St. Gregory Nazianzen, Liturgy of the Hours, I, 634).

Jesus' immersion in the water is a sign for all human beings of the need to die to themselves to do God's will. Jesus did not need to be baptized because he was totally faithful to the will of his Father and free from sin. However, he wanted to show his solidarity with human beings in order to reconcile them to the Father.

By commanding his disciples to baptize all nations, he established the means by which people would die to sin-Original and actual-and begin to live a new life with God."

-From the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults

Through Baptism Jesus bestows upon us the divine gift which is  no less than a share in the life of the Holy Trinity: We are human, but through Baptism we also are divine reflecting the image of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Through this divine gift we become God’s sons and daughters and thus members God’s special family, the Church. In relation to all the baptized we are brothers and sisters in and through Christ.