WE WELCOME YOUR CHILD TO OUR FAITH COMMUNITY
Every new member of our Christian community is a blessing from God, a new sister or brother in Christ.
Your child's baptism is a time for celebration and joy. We would like to help you plan and prepare for your child's birth into the Christian community.
Your most important preparation will be to look at your own faith. Just as you pass onto your child physical traits and mannerisms, so also will you pass on your faith.
Your desire to have your child baptized shows that you recognize the significance of God's presence in your life. All that you do to help your child grow up in the awareness of God's love will also help you to grow. As you teach your child to pray, your own life of prayer will deepen. As you teach your child to appreciate the Mass, your own faith will be enriched.
The Church welcomes your child into our community of faith with love and prayers for your family's happiness.
WHAT STEPS DO WE NEED TO TAKE?
As we prepare for your child's baptism we will need:
Parish Registration - If you haven't already don so, you will need to register in the parish. This will allow us to enter your child's baptism information into our data base. You'll find that this is a great help as he or she prepares for other sacraments.
Godparent Information - In their roles apprenticing your child into the faith, it's important that we have their information and their parish information. Your child can have a godfather or godmother or both. You don't have to have both, but you can't have more than one godmother or godfather.
Baptismal Preparation Classes - You and your child's godparents will need to attend baptismal preparation classes. These are two sessions that are generally scheduled the first two Sundays of the month from 10:45 to 12:00 in the Rec hall (attached to the gym). While the godparents can take the classes at their own parish, it's recommended that you take the classes together. This way you're able to focus on your child, rather than an abstract idea. The fees for the classes are $30.00 for parents and $10.00 for godparents. The total fee is $40.00. We regret tat we are unable to provide child care. Please arrange for your children to be cared for at home.
Date of Baptism - Once we've accomplished the above, we can officially schedule your child's Baptism on the calendar. As a rule, English Baptisms are scheduled for the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 2:00pm. Spanish Baptisms are generally scheduled for the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month at 10:00am.