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What is Baptism?    

 

Baptism, the first sacrament and one of the three Sacraments of Initiation (along with Confirmation and Eucharist) incorporates us into the Body of Christ and forms us into Gods people. This first sacrament pardons all our sins, rescues us from the power of darkness, and brings us to the dignity of adopted children.  Baptism unites us with Jesus Christ in the life of the Spirit (1 Cor. 12:12-13).

 

Baptism is an opportunity for parents, godparents and the entire community to renew their baptismal promises. It is often an opportunity for individuals and families to make a return to the Lord by having marriages blessed and reconciliation celebrated. Our God is merciful and He always welcomes those of humble heart who wish to follow His ways and not their own, who wish the blessings and joys of Life in Christ the Redeemer.

 

The Baptism of infants in the Church is a tradition that dates back to biblical times, when entire households converted and were baptized.  

 

Infant Baptism Requirements

  • Child must be 6 years old or younger.

  • Parents must register children for baptism in the parish office and must present the birth certficate of the child.

  • Both parents and godparents must attend a pre-baptismal program.  These are offered regularly in our parish both in English and in Spanish.

  • Godparents must be 16 years or older, practicing Catholics, which means that they must be baptized persons who receive Holy Eucharist, have been Confirmed and, if married, are married in the Catholic Church.  If single, they may not be living with another person as husband and wife. 

You may download a copy of these requirements, below.  

 

Infant Baptism Schedule

Second, third and fourth Saturday of each month.  Baptisms are not celebrated during the Lenten season, except in emergency situations

English at 9:00AM and in Spanish at 10:00AM at Holy Cross church.

 

Baptism of Older Children

Baptism for older children requires preparation and formation in our Religious Education program.  Learn more about it here.

 

Adult Baptism

The preparation and formation of Adults for Baptism is done through the parish RCIA program, which is offered in both English and Spanish.  Learn more about it here.

 

Documents

Information Page can be be found below in a pdf file

Baptism

"Go therefore, and make diciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit..."  ~Matthew 28:19

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