About the Sacrament of Baptism
The origin and foundation of Christian Baptism is Jesus. Before starting his public ministry, Jesus submitted himself to the baptism given by John the Baptist. The waters did not purify him; he cleansed the waters. . . . Jesus did not need to be baptized because he was totally faithful to the will of his Father and free from sin. However, he wanted to show his solidarity with human beings in order to reconcile them to the Father. By commanding his disciples to baptize all nations, he established the means by which people would die to sin – Original and actual – and begin to live a new life with God.
In Baptism, the Holy Spirit moves us to answer Christ’s call to holiness. In Baptism, we are asked to walk by the light of Christ and to trust in his wisdom. We are invited to submit our hearts to Christ with ever deeper love.
We can’t wait to welcome your child into the life of Christ and our Church through Baptism.
To get started, please fill out the baptism inquiry form and our team will reach out to you.
FAQs for Parents
How do I register for Baptism
You will need to fill out a baptism inquiry form above. You will be contacted with information regarding our baptism preparation program and scheduling your child’s baptism.
Are there requirements for the parents?
Yes. At least one parent must be a practicing Catholic.
Parents must participate in our baptism preparation program, regardless of having a child previously baptized.
Once parents have completed that baptism preparation program you will be able to schedule the baptism date.
Do parents need to be members of the parish?
No you do not need to be members of the parish.
When does baptism take place in the parish?
Baptisms in Spanish take place every second Sunday at 2:30pm, and in English every second Sunday of the month at 4:00pm.
FAQs for Godparents
Are there requirements for the godparents?
Yes, there are requirements. The role of the sponsor/godparent is an important one for the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation.
The Church sees the sponsor/godparent as a fully-initiated Catholic who supports the one receiving the sacrament with example and instruction. Because of the seriousness of this ministry, the Church has the following requirements:
• The sponsor must be a fully-initiated member of the Catholic Church through Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
• The sponsor must be at least sixteen (16) years of age.
• The sponsor must have an active life of faith in the Church and provide good example.
o Someone married outside the Church is not able to receive Communion and is not able to be a sponsor.
o Also, a Catholic who has left the Church is not able to be a sponsor of a new member into the Church.
o Therefore, a Catholic who has left the Catholic Church cannot be a sponsor, and cannot be a “Christian witness” if they join another Christian communion.
• The sponsor cannot be either parent.
• When there are two sponsors, they are “spiritual parents” and are to be a godfather and godmother.
Christian Witness – (A baptized non-Catholic Christian)
Provided there is one Catholic sponsor, a baptized non-Catholic Christian may serve as a Christian witness for Baptism only. This person is a Christian witness and not a sponsor.
• Requirements to be a Christian Witness: o at least sixteen years old
o a validly baptized Christian
o living an upright life
o cannot be either parent
o cannot be a Catholic who has left the Church
• A Christian witness may never be a non-baptized person. For example, Jewish or Muslim godparents are not permitted by universal church law.
• The notation “Christian witness” is placed under the name of the non-Catholic Christian witness in the baptismal register.
The godparent must present a sponsor letter from their parish prior to the baptism.
How old must a godparent be?
All godparents must be 16 years of age or older.
Can there be more than 2 godparents?
No, there can only be 2 official godparents. Godparents are a godmother and godfather. There cannot be two godmothers or two godfathers. A family can also just have one godparent.
What if a godparent is out of town and cannot make the baptism?
You can have a godparent by proxy. Please indicate this on the baptism inquiry form.
If you’re an adult seeking Baptism or thinking about becoming Catholic, your next step is the RCIA faith formation program.