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Baptism

Baptism is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation; the other two are Confirmation and Eucharist. In the waters of Baptism, we become members of the Body of Christ–God’s People; we are configured to Jesus Christ the High Priest and share in his prophetic, kingly, and priestly mission; original sin is remitted. If you desire to have your child baptized at, or you have additional questions, call the parish office at 831-637-9212.
If you are an adult seeking baptism as a Catholic please visit RCIA.

What do we need to do to have our baby baptized?

1. Pick-up information packet

Registered parishioners stop by the parish office to pick up the Baptism Application to be completed by the parents and the Sponsor/Godparent Forms to be signed in the sponsor’s own parish. Baptisms for infants to six year olds are celebrated at Sacred Heart Church.  Preparation for baptism should begin at least two months prior to the desired date.  The child’s birth certificate and registration fee is required when registering your child for baptism.

2. Reserve a Date for the Baptism

As soon as your paperwork is completed take it to the parish office.

3. Pre-Baptism Class

Parents and Godparents attend the Pre-Baptism class. You must register for the class date you wish to attend! Parents & Godparents must attend a pre-baptism class and you may sign up for the class at registration time.  All Baptism Classes are held in the hall at St. Benedict Church on Saturdays at 2:00pm (arrive early to check in) and we kindly ask that you leave little ones with a caregiver.  As a courtesy to those in attendance, doors will be closed at when class begins and all late arrivals will be rescheduled.

Important information about Infant Baptism

Godparents (aka Sponsors)

The role of the Godparent is, “together with the parents, to present an infant at baptism, and help the baptized to lead a Christian life in harmony with baptism, and to fulfill faithfully the obligations connected with it”(Canon 872).

In addition to being a fully initiated Catholic (i.e., having received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist) the Sponsor must be person of faith—regularly attends Sunday Mass; if married, is married according to the norms of the Catholic Church; and strives to deepen his or her relationship with God through Jesus. A good question to ask: “Does this person take good care of their own faith?”

Parent & Sponsor Preparation

Baptism preparation is a time of reflection for the parents on their relationship with God, Jesus, and the Church. Before the celebration of baptism, the Church expects the parents, and Sponsors if possible, to be formed in the meaning of the Sacrament as well as its responsibilities (Canon 851). Sacred Heart/St Benedicts offers sessions facilitated by a team, , who makes the presentation and leads group discussion. The Church earnestly desires families to participate in the weekly liturgical and pastoral life of the community, thereby raising the child to practice the faith into which he or she has been baptized.

Why does the Church baptize infants?

It has always been the practice of the Church to baptize infants. From the earliest days, when an adult was baptized so was everyone else in that person’s household (see Acts 10). Along with the growth of Catholicism in the Fourth and Fifth centuries came a decrease in the number of adult baptisms and infancy became the primary time for baptism. The Church considers anyone who has not yet completed their seventh year to be an infant. Therefore, the parents of children under the age of seven may request baptism and attend the parish’s infant baptism preparation session.

When is infant baptism celebrated at Sacred Heart/St Benedicts?

Advance registration is required; and as baptism signs forth entrance into the Christian community, several are normally baptized in one celebration on Saturday Mornings with a choice of English or Spanish.

 

Download Baptism Forms Here:

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