The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) instructs us as follows with regard to the sacrament of Baptism:

Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word." – CCC 1213
This sacrament is called Baptism, after the central rite by which it is carried out: to baptize (Greek baptizein) means to "plunge" or "immerse"; the "plunge" into the water symbolizes the catechumen's burial into Christ's death, from which he rises up by resurrection with him, as "a new creature." – CCC 1214
This sacrament is also called "the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit," for it signifies and actually brings about the birth of water and the Spirit without which no one "can enter the kingdom of God." – CCC 1215

From Canon Law we have the following instruction regarding infant baptism.

Parents are obliged to take care that infants are baptized in the first few weeks; as soon as possible after the birth or even before it, they are to go to the pastor to request the sacrament for their child and to be prepared properly for it. Can. 867 §1

An infant in danger of death is to be baptized without delay. §2.
Baptismal Preparation for Parents

People belong to the Church by virtue of their baptism. Apart from being created, it is the most important event in a person’s life – being created anew. Volunteer couples help expectant and new parents explore their faith in preparing their children to receive the Sacrament of Baptism. The baptismal preparation sessions take place in a host’s home with a small group of expectant or new parents.

We welcome all parents seeking baptism for their children, regardless of the age of the child. We usually celebrate baptism on the second and last Sunday of each month. Please call the parish office for specific dates and times. For infant baptisms, you are encouraged to contact the parish office early in the pregnancy for dates of baptismal instruction. Contact Candy Nieves to schedule baptismal preparation classes at 426-1588 or

Godparents/ Sponsors for Baptism

What is a sponsor?

Insofar as possible, a person to be baptized is to be given a sponsor who assists an adult in Christian initiation or together with the parents presents an infant for baptism. A sponsor also helps the baptized person to lead a Christian life in keeping with baptism and to fulfill faithfully the obligations inherent in it. Can. 872
There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each. Can. 873

What are the requirements to be a sponsor?

Can. 874 §1. To be permitted to take on the function of sponsor a person must:

1/ be designated by the one to be baptized, by the parents or the person who takes their place, or in their absence by the pastor or minister and have the aptitude and intention of fulfilling this function;

2/ have completed the sixteenth year of age, unless the diocesan bishop has established another age, or the pastor or minister has granted an exception for a just cause;

3/ be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has already received the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist and who leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be taken on;

4/ not be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared;

5/ not be the father or mother of the one to be baptized.

§2. A baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community is not to participate except together with a Catholic sponsor and then only as a witness of the baptism.


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