“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” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1213).
Children who are born to Catholic families are typically baptized within a short time after birth. Our Lord is so generous with his grace that he wonderfully bestows it in abundance upon even infants, so that the words of the psalmist might be fulfilled, “on the lips of children and babes you have found praise to foil the enemy, to silence the foe and the rebel” (Ps 8).
If you are expecting a child or just had one, congratulations on the great blessing our Lord has given you. We encourage you to schedule your child’s baptism even before birth. Baptisms are held each Sunday during Mass on a rotating schedule in English and during the 1:00pm Mass in Spanish. However, in extraordinary circumstances, such as when you have family travelling in town such that that time would be difficult, another time can be arranged with a priest or deacon. See the bulletin for the Baptism Schedule.
For the baptism, you also have the great privilege of choosing two Godparents for your child. The role of the Godparents is to be model Catholics in the life of your child who will assist the religious formation of your child as a good Catholic throughout his life. Both Godparents need to be 16 years old, fully initiated Catholics (having received baptism, confirmation, and holy Communion), and be practicing Catholics, which means that they attend Sunday Mass every week, regularly make a sacramental confession, believe the truths of the Catholic faith, and seek to live their faith through prayer and works of charity. A child may have one Godfather or one Godmother or one of each. The only further restriction is that the Godparents cannot be the child’s own parents. Choose wisely for your child… the Godparents take on a spiritual relationship with your child that will last for their entire lives!
Before your first child is baptized, we ask that you attend a baptism preparation class. Please contact the parish office at (636) 227-5247 to schedule your child’s baptism and your attendance at the baptism class.