The Sacrament of Baptism
Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.
Catechism of the Catholic Church 1213
Schedule for Baptisms
|1st Sunday of the Month
||St. Anthony Church
|2nd & 3rd Sundays of the Month
||Our Lady of Sorrows Church
|3rd Saturday of the Month
||St. Anthony Church (Creole)
Do not delay baptism. The Church would have children baptized in the first weeks after birth.
Parents should call the parish office well in advance to schedule a Baptism.
Requirements for Baptism
- Attend a Pre-Baptism Instruction Session
This is usually held on the 2nd Thursday of the month at Our Lady of Sorrows Church Meeting Room, at 7:00 p.m. If you live outside the parish territory, you may attend an instruction in a parish nearby. Please submit a letter from that parish verifying your attendance.
- Choose a sponsor/godparent
The role of sponsor or godparent is that of modeling Catholic life. We ask that this be confirmed by submitting a letter or certificate of eligibility from the parish the sponsor/godparent currently attends. They need not submit their own certificates of baptism and/or confirmation. In order to be a Godparent, one must be
While the common practice is to name two godparents (male and female), only one godparent is required. One cannot have two godparents of the same sex.
- at least 16 years old (our pastor may dispense this requirement if the person has received Confirmation)
- a Catholic who has received the sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Confirmation
- in a valid marriage, if married, in accord with Church law
- leading a life in harmony with the Catholic faith
A non-Catholic Christian, while unable to serve as a godparent, may be admitted as a "Christian Witness." A Catholic who does not meet the qualifications to be a godparent is not permitted as a Christian Witness.
For more information, please contact the Parish Office, at (609) 587-4372, or by email, at firstname.lastname@example.org.