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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)
(Photograph: Ryan Gonzalez Photography)

 

 

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).

 

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

Requirments for Registration

Please come by the parish office
for complete list of guidelines
and requirments. 

 

Infant Baptism Guidelines


As you are seeking the baptism of your child in the Roman Catholic Church, the following guidelines are presented to help you embark upon this journey of faith with Christ and this Church.

Individuals who are married in the Catholic Church. (Not living together or in civil union)

  1. Please register at least 2 weeks prior to the anticipated baptismal day to assure the dates you are considering are currently available.
     
  2. A Parent must be present to register.
     
  3. Provide the infants/child's “County birth certificate”.  (Original not copy)
     
  4. $50 dollars registration fee at the time of registration. (fee is non-refundable.) NO CASH only Money order or Credit.
     
  5. Godparents who are eligible must comply with the following:

    Individuals must have completed all their Sacraments (Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation and are over the age of 16).

* If you are not eligible to be a  Godparent, please let us know how we can assist you; so that you may be eligible in the future.

* Please note the Catholic Church only requires One Godparent but also allows a maximum of 2 Godparents one Male and one Female.

6. English Dates for baptism:

2nd and 4th Saturday of the Month at 10:00 am, excluding major Holidays. Please check with parish office for official dates.

     7. English Classes for Baptism for 
         both Parents and both Godparents:

1st and 3rd Monday of the month. excluding major Holidays. Please check with parish office for official dates.

Classes are held  in the Cathedral Basement at 7:00 pm.  *No children allowed in the classes. Please make arrangements for babysitting. Must have registered for this class prior to attending.

Important notes:

If the child is seven (7) years of age or older he or she must attend catechism classes, please call 485-0161 for information.

It is required for Parents & Godparents to attend a baptismal class. Failure to attend will result in cancellation of baptism until class completed.  Do not  Register in the Baptism Class. Any fees will be paid in the Parish office only, not at the baptismal Class.

Please be on time the day of your child’s  baptism. Tardiness may cancel your child’s baptism  for  the day. 

All photographs will be taken at the discretion of the Pastor.  Family members and friends may take photos. No professional photographers allowed. 

Please no Flash photography or Video with Light. (Due to Fresco Paintings)

There is a $10.00 fee for a duplicate of the Baptism Certificate, or a change in the certificate/registration after it is has been registered.  We are not responsible for errors made by you on the Registration Form. 

All Certificates must be picked up with in 30 days of baptism. After 30 days they will be shredded and you must submit a certificate  request to receive copy.  Fee may apply.

 

 

 

 

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