Baptism

English Baptisms are scheduled on the 3rd Saturday of every month, at 10:30 a.m.

Spanish Baptisms are scheduled on the 4th Saturday of every month, at 10:30 a.m.
Los bautismos en español están programados para el 4º sábado de cada mes, a las 10:30 a.m.

The sacrament of baptism ushers us into the divine life, cleanses us from sin, and initiates us as members of the Christian community. It is the foundation for the sacramental life.

At baptism, the presider prays over the water:

Father, look now with love upon your Church, and unseal for her the fountain of baptism. By the power of the Holy Spirit give to this water the grace of your Son, so that in the sacrament of baptism all those whom you have created in your likeness may be cleansed from sin and rise to a new birth of innocence by water and the Holy Spirit. (Christian Initiation of Adults, #222A)

Freed from Sin

Baptism frees us from the bondage of original and actual sin. Water is poured in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Today, the sacrament of baptism is often performed on infants, shortly after birth. Adult baptisms take place at the Easter Vigil through the restored Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Adults or children who have been baptized in a valid Christian church are not baptized again in the Catholic church. As we say in the Nicene Creed, “I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins…”

The Catechism teaches:
"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" (CCC 1279).

Baptismal Symbols

  • Water – The waters of baptism recall Jesus’ own baptism by John the Baptist in the river Jordan. Water is a symbol of cleansing and renewal as we begin a new life in Christ. We are washed clean of sin.
  • Oil – At baptism we are anointed into the life of Christ as “priest, prophet and king.” A cross is traced on the candidate’s forehead as a reminder that we are inheritors of the Kingdom of God.
  • Light – The baptismal candle is lit from the Paschal or Easter candle that stands in the church as a sign of Christ’s light in the world. At baptism, we receive the light of Christ and are called forth to share this light with the world.
  • White garment – The white garment that is placed upon us at baptism is a symbol of Christ’s victory over death and his glorious resurrection. Likewise, the white garment or pall that is placed over the coffin at the time of death recalls our baptismal promises and reminds us that we are destined for eternal life.

While in ordinary circumstances, sacraments in the Catholic Church are administered validly by a member of the ordained clergy, in an emergency situation, the sacrament of baptism can be administered by anyone.

In case of necessity, any person can baptize provided that he have the intention of doing that which the Church does and provided that he pour water on the candidates head while saying: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (CCC 1284).

 

Requirements:

  • Parents and Godparents must attend a baptismal preparation class here at St. Luke or present certificates of having completed the class at another parish.We will not accept classes from Mexico.
  • The child’s birth certificate from the county court house is to be presented (Original – No Copies) at registration.
  • If the godparent is married (he or she) needs to be married by the Catholic Church and the marriage, confirmation, first communion, and baptism certificates need to be presented (All Originals – No Copies) at time of registration.
  • A godparent who has been married in the Catholic Church and later divorced, but never remarried, nor living with a partner, may be a godparent, the confirmation and communion certificates need to be presented at time of registration.
  • If the godparents are single, they cannot be living with a partner and the first communion certificate and confirmation certificate need to be presented (All Originals – No Copies) at time of registration.
  • There is a $30.00 fee for Baptism (which also includes the pre-baptismal class for the parents and godparents).
  • A letter of permission is needed for the parents and godparents baptizing at St. Luke who reside or belong to another parish or are coming from out of town.
  • Only one godparent is required.If there are two godparents, then they must be male and female  –  NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Those who have already taken a pre-baptismal class still need to present their proper documents as well as their pre-baptismal class certificate.

Requisitos:

  1. Los padres y padrinos deben asistir a una clase de preparación bautismal aquí en St. Luke o presentar certificados de haber completado las clases en otra parroquia.No aceptaremos clases de México.
  2. El certificado de nacimiento del niño de la corte del condado se presenta (Original – Sin Copias) al momento de la inscripción.
  3. Si el padrino está casado (él o ella) necesita estar casado por la Iglesia Católica y el matrimonio, la confirmación, la primera comunión y los certificados de Bautismo deben ser presentados (Todos Los Originales – Sin Copias) en el momento de la inscripción.
  4. Un padrino casado en la Iglesia Católica y luego divorciado, pero que nunca se volvió a casar, ni vive con un compañero, puede ser un padrino, los certificados de confirmación y comunión deben presentarse al momento de registro.
  5. Si los padrinos son solteros, no pueden vivir con un compañero y deben presentarse el certificado de la primera comunión y el certificado de confirmacion (Todos Los Originales – Sin Copias) en el momento del registro.
  6. Hay un costo de $30.00 para el Bautismo (que también incluye la clase pre-bautismal para los padres y padrinos).
  7. Se necesita una carta de permiso para los padres y padrinos que están bautizando en St. Luke que residen o pertenecen a otra parroquia o que vienen de fuera de la ciudad.
  8. Para apadrinar solo se requiere una persona.Si van a ser dos personas, deben ser un hombre y una mujer  -  SIN EXCEPCIONES.
  9. Aquellos que ya ha tomado una clase pre-bautismal aún deben presentar sus documentos apropiados, así como su certificado de clase pre-bautismal.