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Infant Baptism

"Let the children come to me and do not hinder them. It is to just such as these that the kingdom of God belongs." (Mark 10:14)

Baptism is the beginning of the journey of faith for your child. Through Baptism, your child becomes part of our faith community in the Catholic church. Through your teaching example, your child will grow to become a follower of Christ and an active member of the church. This is why we have a special program to prepare parents and godparents and to help them raise their consciousness about this important responsibility.


Age of Infant Baptism

Parents should see to it that their children  are baptized within a reasonable period after birth. Arrangements for baptism should be made as soon as possible after birth, or even before birth. Once children have reached the age of reason, they would enter the Religious Education program to prepare for the sacraments of initiation, including baptism.
 

Baptismal Name

In Baptism, the Christian receives his/her name in the Church. This can be the name of a saint (who provides a model of charity and the assurance of his/her prayer) or it can express a Christian mystery or Christian virtue.

 


Pre-Baptism Instruction Class

See schedule below (please, no children).
 
Check-in time is 5:45 pm. The class concludes at 8:30 pm. The materials fee for the class is $20 for each set of parents and includes follow up materials after baptism.

Requirements for Parents:
 
  1. At least one parent must be a Catholic—intending that the child become a full member of the Catholic Church (baptism-eucharist-confirmation).
  2. Complete Pre-Baptism Instruction Class and submit all required paperwork to the Rectory Office.
  3. Select a Baptismal Name for your child (which may be the same as the given name if it meets the requirements of a Christian name).  

 
Requirements for Godparents:

 
  1. Godparent must be a fully initiated member of the Catholic Church (Baptism-Eucharist-Confirmation), over the age of 16, who practices the faith. If they are married, their marriage must be recognized by the Catholic Church (ordinarily by taking place in the Catholic Church).
  2. A second godparent, of the opposite sex, may also be chosen. If they are baptized in another Christian tradition, they would serve as a “Christian Witness.”
  3. A parent cannot serve as a godparent for their child.
  4. The godparents must also attend the Pre-Baptism Instruction Class (or a baptism class in their own parish).

 

 Summary of Steps for having your child baptized:

  1. Obtain Baptism Registration Forms from Rectory Office or download a form from our website. After completing the Forms and attaching a copy of your child’s birth certificate, return them to the Rectory Office.
  2. Take time to prayerfully consider the selection of Godparents, knowing that their role is sacred. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, godparents are called to set an example for your child, help hand on the faith, and have a lifelong relationship of prayer, faith sharing and love.
  3. Attend Pre-Baptism Instruction (see schedule below).
  4. Once you have completed the Pre-Baptism Instruction and submitted all the necessary paperwork, you may schedule your child’s Baptism (see schedule below).
 
All the sacraments are free, the same as God’s love for us.
However, it is customary for families to offer a gift to the parish in thanksgiving for their child’s baptism. $100 is a suggested offering, but we are grateful for your generosity, no matter what your means allow. Your offering should be given at the time of your child’s Baptism.


Dates for the Celebration of Infant Baptism:
Saturday Mornings at 11 am
Check-in Time: 10:45 am
 
  • August 12, 2017
  • September 16, 2017
  • October 14, 2017
  • November 18, 2017
  • December 9, 2017
  • January 20, 2018
  • February 10, 2018
  • No Baptisms during Lent
  • April 21, 2018
  • May 19, 2018
  • June 23, 2018
  • July 21, 2018
  • August 18, 2018
  • September 22, 2018
 
This schedule is subject to change. Please contact the Rectory Office (626-796-0432) to confirm dates.

 
Pre-Baptism Instruction for Infant Baptism
Thursdays - Check-in Time: 5:45 pm
 
Pre-Baptism classes are held in “Upper Room.” Check-in time is 5:45 pm. Class concludes 8:30 pm. Please, no children.
 
 
  • August 7, 2017
  • September 14, 2017
  • October 5, 2017
  • November 9, 2017
  • December 7, 2017
  • January 11, 2018
  • February 8, 2018
  • March - no class
  • April 12, 2018
  • May 10, 2018
  • June 7, 2018
  • July 12, 2018
  • August 9, 2018
  • September 13, 2018

This schedule is subject to change. Please contact the Rectory Office (626-796-0432) to confirm dates.