The Sacrament of Baptism
Baptism is the sacrament that frees man from original sin and from
personal guilt, that makes him a member of Christ and His Church.
It is thus the door to a new and supernatural life. This sacrament has
been undisputed in the Church since the beginning of Christian
tradition. It has never been rejected by any heresy intending to
remain on a Christian basis. Doubts could arise only about the ways
and means of administering it and on its effects and way of
operation. These things are therefore in essence what Church
documents about baptism deal with.
THE CHURCH TEACHES
Baptism is a true sacrament instituted by Christ. It is administered by washing with natural water and at the same time invoking the Most Holy Trinity. Anybody, even an unbeliever or a heretic can validly administer baptism. Since it confers grace by the signs' being properly carried out children can and should be baptized even while still infants. Baptism is necessary for salvation. Baptism effects the remission of original sin and actual sins and of all punishment due to sin; it confers sanctifying grace, membership in Christ and in the Church and the obligation to obey the Church's laws, and give an indelible character.
Note: from Pope Innocent III AD 1201. The baptism of young children is not profitless. As circumcision made men members of the People of Israel, so baptism gives them entry to the kingdom of heaven.
GUIDELINES REGARDING BAPTISM
Both parents and principal sponsors (godparents) must attend a pre-baptism seminar before the infant can be baptized. The seminar explains the meaning of baptism, the responsibilities of parents and sponsors in the spiritual growth of the child, and the baptismal rite. It is given a day before the baptism. A Certificate of Attendance is given with validity of 1 years, that is, it will be accepted for subsequent baptisms during that period. A sponsor must be a practicing Catholic who has been confirmed and has received the Eucharist, at least 16 years of age and not in an invalid or unlawful marriage.Those intending to have their infant baptized are advised to apply and arrange for the seminar at least one month in advance.
You are given a Baptism pamphlet for you to read in preparation for the seminar and to use as your guide when your child is baptized.
Baptism is every 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month only after the 9:30 AM mass (no special Baptism). You are required to attend the 9:30 mass so that your child can be welcomed by the community during the mass.
Requirements: Photocopy of birth certificate, marriage contract and endoursement letter from the association office of your community/area.
Sponsors must belong to the Catholic faith.
As per Circular No. 2004-06 from the Diocese, “candidates for baptism are to receive this sacrament in the parish where the parents reside”.
For adult baptism (ages 8 & above) are required to undergo a one on one seminar with the parish offical cathecist.
For more info please contact parish office.