The parish celebrates the Baptism of infants and preschool children on a regular basis. Some are scheduled during a weekend Mass, others are scheduled on Saturday mornings. First time parents are asked to attend Baptism Preparation classes before scheduling a date for the sacrament. These sessions are provided several times a year in both english and spanish. To avoid delaying the baptism of their children, parents are encouraged to participate in these meetings before the birth of their child.
The preparation of school-aged children for Baptism is coordinated with the faith formation program.
When can we have our baby baptized?
First time parents are asked to complete our Parent Preparation Program. This involves attending two sessions that are 90 minutes each. Dates and times may be found in the bulletin.
When new parents have completed the preparation classes, they may arrange a date for baptism by calling the office. We typically have one Saturday a month set aside for baptisms in Spanish and a separate Saturday for English baptisms. If you are seeking baptism during one of the weekend masses, there is more flexibility regarding the date. Baptisms are not celebrated during Advent or Lent.
Couples wishing to baptize a 2nd child are not asked to repeat the prep. Call the office to schedule a date.
Do the godparents have to be Catholic?
Cannon Law requires each child to have at least one godparent who is a confirmed Catholic. in good standing in the church. God parents are not required to take a class prior to the sacrament, however, they are always welcome to join the parents.
Can we have more than 2 godparents?
Yes. Technically, any more than 2 are called sponsors, or Christian witnesses.