What is Baptism?
Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), 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.". CCC1213
What are the requirements for Baptism?
Parents and Godparents must attend a baptism preparation class, Holy Cross offers these classes several time's a year in both English and Spanish. Godparents may take this instruction in their own parish, a letter must be provided that this has occurred prior to the Baptism.
Baptismal dates are scheduled only after the parents have taken this class.
What are the parent’s responsibilities?
By Church requirement, parents must give their assurance their child will be given every benefit of Catholic upbringing. The responsibility of raising the child in the ways of the faith begins immediately with Baptism and extends all the way to adulthood.
How should I choose my child’s Godparents?
Godparents are chosen by the parent to assist them in teaching the child to know God and our Catholic faith. They should therefore, be models of Christian faith and examples of prayer, worship and Christian practice.
The Church does not require two godparents. When there are two, however, there can be only one godmother and one godfather. The Catholic godparent(s) need to have been fully initiated into and participating in the sacramental life of the Catholic Church. This means that they must have received the sacraments of initiation which are Baptism, Communion and Confirmation. If the godparent is married they must have been married in the Catholic Church
All Godparent’s must provide a letter prior to the Baptism from their church stating that they are in full communion with the Catholic church and eligible to be a godparent.
To register for our preparation classes please come into the main office and complete the paperwork. Should you have any questions please call the office.
Please note that Baptisms are NOT scheduled and or celebrated during the season of Lent.
Baptismal Preparation Class take place on the following dates:
English: 9/16; 10/7; 11/4
Spanish: 9/30; 10/14; 11/18
You must be pre registered and paid to attend. Please stop by the office to register.