Baptism

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 Registration Form

 

 

Baptism is the first sacrament celebrated in the process of becoming a full memberbautismo-23 of the Roman Catholic Church. It is the first of the three Sacraments of initiation: Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation. Through Baptism, a person is born into new life by water and the Holy Spirit and becomes united to the Church Community. Baptism is a celebration to be shared with family, friends and neighbors.

Steps to Baptizing your Baby
1. These steps are for a child who is under the age of five. If the child is five or older, special classes are needed.
2. Parents must choose a godparent who is a practicing Catholic, over the age of 18 and has received all of their Sacraments. The requirement is only one godparent, but many choose two. If a married couple is chosen, they must be married by the Catholic Church and a copy of the Certificate of marriage is required.
3. Parents and godparents must attend a pre-baptismal class. One class only, good for up to one year. You must register for the class at least one month ahead of time. The English class is held every first Saturday of the month, at 10:00 a.m. the Spanish class is held the first Friday of the month at 7:00 p.m. A pre-baptismal class can be taken at any other church if you are not able to attend here and a copy of the certificate or letter stating that a class was taken is required before a baptism date is set.

4. To set up a Baptism date, a baptismal registration form will be filled out and a copy of the birth certificate of the child, certificate of Marriage by the Catholic Church, if the godparents are married and certificates of prebaptismal classes.
5. English Baptisms are by appointment only and Spanish Baptisms the second and third Saturday of the month, at 10:00 a.m. Certificate for the Baptism is issued and given to you immediately after the ceremony.

Stipends
$ 10.00 per person for the pre-baptismal classes paid at the time it is scheduled.
$ 50.00 per each child.

Baptism in english by appointment

Classes 1st Saturday at 9:00 a.m. 

Parents and Godparents must register and attend a pre-baptismal preparation class at least one month in advance before the day of 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)