aptism is the first sacrament celebrated to become a full member of the Catholic Church. The waters symbolize the outpouring of God’s spirit which cleanse us into a new life of transformative and unconditional love.
Begin the journey
Arrange an Interview
The parents requesting the baptism should arrange an interview with one of the priests to determine the parents’ intention to raise the child in the Catholic faith.
During the interview, the parents’ own relationship with the Catholic Church and any other remaining questions or concerns about Baptism will be discussed. The Baptism is then scheduled, at least one month in advance.
• A copy of the birth certificate of the child.
• At least one parent must be Catholic.
• Godparent(s) must be at least 18 years old, a confirmed Catholic, practicing their faith, and be willing to accept the responsibility of supporting their godchild in faith.
• If you have only one Godparent, then that person can be either male or female. If you have two Godparents, then one must be male and the other female.
When is the Sacrament of Baptism celebrated?
Spanish baptisms are held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 3:00 p.m. while English baptisms are held on the 2nd Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Please arrive by 2:45 p.m. to check in with a sacristan. We ask that your party be on time as there may be other families present. There are no baptisms on the 4th or 5th Sunday.
Baptism is not a private act. Rather it is a public, official liturgy that welcomes someone into the Catholic Church. We therefore celebrate communal baptisms, and as such, the whole Church rejoices. We will consider private baptisms only under very special circumstances such as emergencies. Please discuss it with a priest.
Preparation for Baptism
Please make an appointment with a priest for an interview. We will need the birth certificate at this time.
Both the parents and the godparents must attend a baptism preparation class at 6:15 pm at the Pastoral Center the Wednesday before the Sunday baptism. Please check in at the Pastoral Center no later than 6:00PM. The fee is due at this time.
The class is designed to help you better understand the Sacrament and the Rite of Baptism as well as the role of parents and Godparents in the faith life of the child. This information will be very beneficial, and so we ask that only the adults be present at this class.
You may also attend a class at another Catholic parish. However, we ask that at least one parent attend our class. It will provide the opportunity to ask questions specific to what occurs at Blessed Sacrament. Upon completion, please provide the certificate with the child’s name and date of baptism in the upper right hand corner, clearly printed. Please bring your certificate to the office no later than end of day Thursday before the baptism. It will give us sufficient time to finish processing your documentation.
Being a Godparent is a sacred responsibility. Godparents are chosen to be a model for the child, teaching him or her about the Catholic faith through a lifelong relationship of prayer, love, and faith sharing.
Before you ask someone to be your child’s godparent, take time to pray and reflect on that person’s capacity to be a good Catholic. The guidelines from Canon Law (Catholic Church Law) are as follows:
For the baptism for a child or an adult, there must be at least one godparent/sponsor. It is customary for children to have two godparents, but some cultural traditions have more than two. In that case they all can be part of the ceremony, but only two will be on record. When there are two, one must be male and the other female. Can. 873
Godparents must meet all of the criteria below. Can. 874
• Be Catholic
• At least 18 years old
• Have been Baptized, Confirmed and received Communion.
• Must be living a life consistent with his/her own baptismal vows.
• Must be willing to accept the responsibility of supporting their godchild in Catholic faith.
This means that they must be practicing the Faith, cannot be engaging in grievous sin, and cannot have taken public positions in opposition to Catholic teachings or morals.
If a godparent/sponsor is married, the marriage must be recognized by the Church. Can. 872.
In general, if a potential godparent is not a member of the parish where the baptism is to take place, he or she must obtain a letter or certificate from their own pastor which affirms that they meet the above requirements.
A person who is not a Catholic but has a valid baptism from another Christian Church can act as what is referred to as a “Christian Witness” for the child. In that case, the other sponsor needs to be a fully initiated practicing Catholic according to the stipulations of Canon Law. Please note that the Christian Witness will not be on record as a godparent/sponsor.
The Rite of Baptism
In order to enrich the ceremony that you are about to celebrate, we recommend that you prayerfully reflect on the Baptism Rite as well as its symbols and prayers. You can download a copy of the liturgy here.
The fee for registered parishioners is $75 per child and $150 per child for non-registered parishioners.
You are considered a registered parishioner if you have been in our records for at least six months. During that time you should have been making donations with a set frequency (e.g. weekly, monthly) or have been actively involved with at least one of our ministries.
Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”