"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born anew, he
cannot see the kingdom of God."
Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his
mother's womb and be born?’ Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to
you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the
kingdom of God." (John 3:3-5)
THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM (According to the Catechism of the
Christian initiation is accomplished by three
sacraments together: Baptism which is the beginning of new life;
Confirmation which is its strengthening; and the Eucharist which nourishes
the disciple with Christ's Body and Blood for his transformation in Christ.
"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"
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
With respect to children who have died
without Baptism, the liturgy of the Church invites us to trust in God's
mercy and to pray for their salvation.
to baptize a child are encouraged to make arrangements as soon as the child
is born. Parents and sponsors or Godparents are required to attend a
pre-baptismal class to explain the sacrament of Baptism and the important
role parents and godparents play in this sacrament and in the child’s
Baptismal Class (Spanish):
9:15 A.M. to 11:15 A.M.
Baptismal Class (English)
We are excited and blessed by your decision to have your
child initiated in the Catholic Church. This journey of faith will continue
as he/she is later anointed at Confirmation and comes to the table at First
In doing so you are
accepting the responsibility of training him in the practice of the faith.
It will be your duty to bring him up to keep God's commandments as Christ
taught us, by loving God and our neighbor.
We encourage you to participate in different activities
provided by the parish to help parents like you who are anxious to provide
a Christian environment that will foster faith in Jesus Christ and to help
you understand the full meaning of baptizing your child.
You can come by the office to pick up a Baptism Package or
click on the “documents link” to print all the necessary documents to start
Once you have all the documents mentioned on the
REQUIREMENTS FORM, you may call the Baptism Coordinator to meet and select
the baptism date and a date for the parents and godparents to attend the
Pre-Baptism class. The Baptism Application must be signed by both parents in our
office; otherwise, it must be notarized.
Please do not call the Baptism Coordinator for an
appointment unless you have all the required documents as we cannot give you
a baptism date unless all the requirements have been met and the file is
If you have any
questions, you may contact the Baptism
Coordinator Emma Espinosa at 305 385-4320, Monday through Friday
from 9:00 AM to 5:00PM.
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