THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
1213 Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.”
1276 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Mt 28:19-20).
1277 Baptism is birth into the new life in Christ. In accordance with the Lord’s will, it is necessary for salvation, as is the Church herself, which we enter by Baptism.
1278 The essential rite of Baptism consists in immersing the candidate in water or pouring water on his head, while pronouncing the invocation of the Most Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
1279 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.
1280 Baptism imprints on the soul an indelible spiritual sign, the character, which consecrates the baptized person for Christian worship. Because of the character Baptism cannot be repeated (cf. DS 1609 and DS 1624).
1281 Those who die for the faith, those who are catechumens, and all those who, without knowing of the Church but acting under the inspiration of grace, seek God sincerely and strive to fulfill his will, are saved even if they have not been baptized (cf. LG 16).
1282 Since the earliest times, Baptism has been administered to children, for it is a grace and a gift of God that does not presuppose any human merit; children are baptized in the faith of the Church. Entry into Christian life gives access to true freedom.
How do I schedule a Baptism?
Call the office (451-1588) to schedule a baptism at Sacred Heart. You may choose to have your child baptized at any of the masses (5pm, 7:30 am, 9am, 10:30 am), after the 5pm or 10:30am mass, or at a time agreed upon with the priest.
If this is your first child or if you have not attended a baptism preparation class, you must attend a Pre-Jordan session. During these sessions, usually held on Saturday mornings, parents meet with a priest to learn more about the sacrament of baptism. Call the office to sign up for a class.
Godparents are welcome to attend the Pre-Jordan session. At least one godparent must be a Catholic over the age of 16 who has received all three of the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation).
Spanish baptisms are done at the Spanish 1pm mass or at a time agreed upon by the priest. Spanish and bilingual preparation classes are at 2pm on the first Sunday of the month.
Baptism dates/times are not considered final until you receive a call from the office with confirmation that the priest can accommodate.