Baptism is the first sacrament, and through it a person is washed clean of the stain of original sin, enters the state of grace, and becomes a member of the Church. The action of baptism is the pouring of water while saying the following: I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. A priest or deacon is the usual minister of baptism, but in very unusual circumstances (such as danger of death) ordinary lay people can administer it. People of any age can be baptized, but the traditional Catholic practice is to baptize infants and unbaptized adult converts. The person who is baptized has one or two sponsors, who are known as godparents, and the godparents pledge to assist the parents in the religious education of the child. In the solemn baptismal ceremony, the person baptized is anointed with two different consecrated oils.
Baptism imparts a special mark or character on the soul, and a person can only be baptized once in his or her lifetime. Baptism is necessary in order to receive the other sacraments. Baptism is said to be one of the “sacraments of initiation,” the other two being confirmation and Eucharist.
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Spanish Baptisms are held every 4th Saturday of the month at 10 am.
Preparatory classes are held once a month at 7:00 PM. Please call the office to verify the date.
English Baptisms are held every 4th Sunday of the month during 11 am mass.
Preparatory classes are held every 3rd Monday of the month at 7:00 PM in the Pastoral Center.
Godparents must be married by the Church or living single.
Please call the parish office for more information.