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Baptism

Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. (John 3:5)

Baptisms are celebrated on most Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. during the spring, summer and fall months in Spanish and on the third Sunday of the month at 10:00 a.m. in English (when necessary). Please check with the office to be precise. You must be a registered parishioner, or live within Parish Boundaries. Parents must come to register their child at the rectory, bring the child's birth certificate, God-Parent Requirement Form (sealed and signed by the Parish they attend), and the required donation. (Donations cover maintenance cost of our beautiful church, etc.) Parents and sponsors must take part in a Baptismal Preparation Session prior to the child's baptism. See also the Parish's guidelines on choosing God-Parents (Sponosors) before you choose your God-Parents so as to avoid confusion or other misunderstandings.

Children that are 7 years of age need to take a year of Religious Education Program in order for them to be Baptized.  The child is Baptized during the month of January on the Sunday of the Baptism of the Lord.     

The sacrament of baptism ushers us into the divine life, cleanses us from sin, and initiates us as members of the Christian community. It is the foundation for the sacramental life.

At baptism, the presider prays over the water:

Father, look now with love upon your Church, and unseal for her the fountain of baptism. By the power of the Holy Spirit give to this water the grace of your Son, so that in the sacrament of baptism all those whom you have created in your likeness may be cleansed from sin and rise to a new birth of innocence by water and the Holy Spirit. (Christian Initiation of Adults, #222A)

Freed from Sin

Baptism frees us from the bondage of original and actual sin. Water is poured in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Today, the sacrament of baptism is often performed on infants, shortly after birth. Adult baptisms take place at the Easter Vigil through the restored Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Adults or children who have been baptized in a valid Christian church are not baptized again in the Catholic church. As we say in the Nicene Creed, “I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins…”

The Catechism teaches:
"The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ" (CCC 1279).

Baptismal Symbols

  • Water – The waters of baptism recall Jesus’ own baptism by John the Baptist in the river Jordan. Water is a symbol of cleansing and renewal as we begin a new life in Christ. We are washed clean of sin.
  • Oil – At baptism we are anointed into the life of Christ as “priest, prophet and king.” A cross is traced on the candidate’s forehead as a reminder that we are inheritors of the Kingdom of God.
  • Light – The baptismal candle is lit from the Paschal or Easter candle that stands in the church as a sign of Christ’s light in the world. At baptism, we receive the light of Christ and are called forth to share this light with the world.
  • White garment – The white garment that is placed upon us at baptism is a symbol of Christ’s victory over death and his glorious resurrection. Likewise, the white garment or pall that is placed over the coffin at the time of death recalls our baptismal promises and reminds us that we are destined for eternal life.

While in ordinary circumstances, sacraments in the Catholic Church are administered validly by a member of the ordained clergy, in an emergency situation, the sacrament of baptism can be administered by anyone.  In case of necessity, any person can baptize provided that he have the intention of doing that which the Church does and provided that he pour water on the candidates head while saying: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (CCC 1284).

 

 

Baptism Forms

God-Parents

Matrimony

  • They must have received the sacrament of Holy Matrimony, (married through the Church, not only civilly).
  • Carry a congruent life with faith and mission.
  • Give witness to an honorable life, through work, business, family, etc.
  • They must be Practicing Catholics. 
  • Regularly attend mass and receive Holy Communion.

A Person who is Single

  • Must be at least 16 years of age. 
  • They must have received the Sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation. 
  • Carry a congruent life with faith and mission.
  • Give witness to an honorable life, through work, business, family, etc.
  • They must be Practicing Catholics. 
  • Regularly attend mass and receive Holy Communion. 

Sacraments of Initiation

Sacraments of Healing

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