Holy Spirit & St. Mary Magdalen rejoice in the birth of your child. Upon receiving the Sacrament of Baptism, your son or daughter will join the family of God, the Catholic Church. Baptism for your child provides all the spiritual gifts that God gives us through the Church. It opens the door to a life of faith and grace, and is the first step in a journey toward our eternal life.
Age: Your child must be 6 years of age or younger on the day of the baptism. (Children 7 years of age and older must attend the catechism program.)
Documentation: The child’s birth certificate/hospital certificate. Parents must have an interview with the priest before setting the date of the baptism.
Who may be godparents?
Canon Law requires that the godparents must be at least 16 years of age and have received Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation. If the godparents are married, they must be married in the Catholic Church.
Sponsors have the responsibility to help parents educate their godchild in the faith. They should be practicing Catholics and provide a good example of Christian living.
When are Baptisms celebrated?
At Holy Spirit, baptisms in English are held the first Saturday of each month at 10:00 am (in 2018 on January 6, February 3, March 3, April 7, June 2, July 7, September 1, October 6, November 3, and December 1) and baptisms in Spanish are held on the following Saturdays at 10:00 am (in 2018 January 20, February 17, March 17, April 21, June 16, July 21, August 180, September 15, October 20, November 17 and December 15). At St. Mary Magdalen, baptisms, also in English, are held the second Saturday of the month at 10:00 am.
Do we have to take a class?
Parents and Godparents must attend a pre-baptismal class to learn about the sacrament, the importance of faith in our religion, and parent and sponsor roles and responsibilities.
The pre-baptismal class is mandatory. At Holy Spirit, the priest will let you know the date and time of the pre-baptismal class. Classes in Spanish take place on the following Thursdays at 7 pm in the Pastoral Center: in 2018, January 4, February 1, March 1, April 5, June 7, July 5, August 2, September 6, October 4, November 8 and December 6.
At St. Mary Magdalen, the class in English takes place on Sunday at least two weeks before the baptism and will be scheduled with the Baptism Coordinator.
How much is the fee?
Your $80 donation (due at the time you register your child) is non-refundable and is given to the church to pay for supplies needed for the baptism and as thanksgiving to God for His gifts to His family.
How do I register?
To register, download and complete the appropriate registration form – Holy Spirit’s Pre-Baptismal form in English, St. Mary Magdalen’s Pre-Baptismal form in English or Holy Spirit’s Pre-Baptismal form in English – and bring the child’s birth/hospital certificate and donation to the Pastoral Center during office hours, Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. Forms are also available on site.
Baptism has six primary effects, which are all supernatural graces:
- The removal of the guilt of both Original Sin (the sin imparted to all mankind by the Fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden) and personal sin (the sins that we have committed ourselves).
- The remission of all punishment that we owe because of sin, both temporal (in this world and in Purgatory) and eternal (the punishment that we would suffer in hell).
- The infusion of grace in the form of sanctifying grace (the life of God within us); the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit; and the three theological virtues.
- Becoming a part of Christ.
- Becoming a part of the Church, which is the Mystical Body of Christ on earth.
- Enabling participation in the sacraments, the priesthood of all believers, and the growth in grace.