Baptism

Sacred Heart Baptism Schedule

 

Requirements:

1.   Child’s Official Birth Certificate

2.   Fill out the Registration Form 

3.   Godparents: A godparent is more than just a "friend of the family" or a special member of the family upon whom you will confer the "honor" of being your child's godparent. They are people whom you choose with care because they, by their life and example, are models of Christian faith and love. Therefore, a godparent is a practicing Roman Catholic who has been confirmed and is at least sixteen years of age. In certain family circumstances, you may have a non-Catholic Christian act as a Christian Witness. You may not have two godparents of the same sex, nor may you have a non-Christian (e.g., a Jewish or Moslem) act as a godparent or witness. If circumstances are such, only one godparent is necessary for baptism. 

  • Married Godparents must be wedded through the Catholic Church.  A copy of the marriage certificate from the Catholic Ceremony must be presented at the time of registration.
  • Unmarried Godparents must not be living in Common Law and must be over the age of 16 years old and must have completed the sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

4.   Choose a Pre-Baptismal Class and Baptismal Day from the dates listed below. (Baptisms are a communal event and are not done individually.) Parents and Godparents must attend a Pre-Bapt. Class.

5.   $60.00 donation for Ceremony PLUS $10.00 per person attending the pre-baptismal class. $25.00 IF CLASS ONLY Checks may be made to: Sacred Heart Church.

6.   To reserve a date for your child’s Baptism please make sure that you have completed and are ready to turn in requirements 1-5 to the Parish Office, at least 2 weeks prior to pre-Baptismal Class.

 

 

 

The 2020 English Pre-Baptismal classes are the 2nd Sunday of the month at 10:30 a.m. in room # 5 on the following days: (11:00 am for Spanish)

 

There is no childcare — NO children during class.

 

January 12, 2020

July 12,  2020

February 9, 2020

August 9, 2020

Lenten month

September 13,2020

April 12, 2020

October 11, 2020

May 10, 2020

November 8, 2020

June 14, 2020

December 13, 2020

 

Baptisms are the First and *Third Saturday of each month at 9:00am.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before.

 

January 4 & 18, 2020

July 4 & 18, 2020

February 1 & 15, 2020

August 1 & 15, 2020

Lenten month

September 5 & 19, 2020

April 18,  2020

October 3 & 17,  2020

May 9 & 16, 2020

November 7 & 21, 2020

June 6 & 20, 2020

December 5 & 19, 2020       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At baptism, the presider prays over the water:

Father, look now with love upon your Church, and unseal for her the fountain of baptism. By the power of the Holy Spirit give to this water the grace of your Son, so that in the sacrament of baptism all those whom you have created in your likeness may be cleansed from sin and rise to a new birth of innocence by water and the Holy Spirit. (Christian Initiation of Adults, #222A)

Freed from Sin

Baptism frees us from the bondage of original and actual sin. Water is poured in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Today, the sacrament of baptism is often performed on infants, shortly after birth. Adult baptisms take place at the Easter Vigil through the restored Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Adults or children who have been baptized in a valid Christian church are not baptized again in the Catholic church. As we say in the Nicene Creed, “I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins…”

The Catechism teaches:
"The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ" (CCC 1279).

Baptismal Symbols

  • Water – The waters of baptism recall Jesus’ own baptism by John the Baptist in the river Jordan. Water is a symbol of cleansing and renewal as we begin a new life in Christ. We are washed clean of sin.
  • Oil – At baptism we are anointed into the life of Christ as “priest, prophet and king.” A cross is traced on the candidate’s forehead as a reminder that we are inheritors of the Kingdom of God.
  • Light – The baptismal candle is lit from the Paschal or Easter candle that stands in the church as a sign of Christ’s light in the world. At baptism, we receive the light of Christ and are called forth to share this light with the world.
  • White garment – The white garment that is placed upon us at baptism is a symbol of Christ’s victory over death and his glorious resurrection. Likewise, the white garment or pall that is placed over the coffin at the time of death recalls our baptismal promises and reminds us that we are destined for eternal life.

While in ordinary circumstances, sacraments in the Catholic Church are administered validly by a member of the ordained clergy, in an emergency situation, the sacrament of baptism can be administered by anyone.

In case of necessity, any person can baptize provided that he have the intention of doing that which the Church does and provided that he pour water on the candidates head while saying: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (CCC 1284).

 

 

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The sacrament of baptism ushers us into the divine life, cleanses us from sin, and initiates us as members of the Christian community. It is the foundation for the sacramental life.

Pre-Baptismal classes at Sacred Heart Catholic Church are held on the 2nd Sunday of each month, 10:30 a.m.  (English)  and 11:00 a.m. (Spanish)
Please register with the Sacred Heart office before attending classes.

 

 

Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. (John 3:5)

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