Baptism is the port of entry into a life of faith in Jesus Christ, which finds expression in being a member of His Mystical Body, the Church, concretely lived out in an active sacramental life of faith at a parish.
Baptism has its benefits and its responsibilities. Through sacramental signs, Baptism brings the seeds of divine life into the very soul of the child, making the young one into a child of God and a vessel of the Holy Spirit. Baptism confers great dignity upon the child, illumining the young one with grace and spiritual light for the journey ahead. As such, the celebration of Baptism is moment of great joy for the parents as they see the promises of Christ and the hope of eternity dawn on their child.
It is also a day of great joy for the Church as the words of Christ are fulfilled right before our eyes. The Risen Christ once said, “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.” The ritual of Baptism makes reality this great commission of our Blessed Lord. It thus also becomes a day of great joy for our parish family as we see Christ acting among us, enabling our parish community to grow in number.
Please be advised that, along with the registration form, all required documents must be submitted before a date is assigned.
The parents and godparents of a child to be baptized have a profound responsibility on behalf of the child they bring to the Sacrament. Their commitment to raise the child in the practice of the faith, so that the seeds of divine life come to fruition in the child, is an important responsibility, indeed.
To help with this, the Church requires that parents and godparents attend a Baptismal class, so that they can come to know their faith better, and re-discover the implications of their own Baptism. Although this class can be taken at any Catholic Church, the parish Church of the Little Flower offers this class on two Saturday mornings each month for your convenience. The first Saturday of the month the class is offered in Spanish; the second Saturday of the month the class is offered in English. You may register for it upon arrival. Once attended, a certificate of attendance will be issued, which must be presented to the staff member charged with the responsibility of scheduling the date of the Baptism.
In addition to attending the class, godparents are presumed to have themselves already received the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist) and to live a life in harmony with Catholic teaching. The godparent is to submit a copy of their Confirmation certificate, or a recently issued copy of their Baptismal certificate which includes the notation of their Confirmation. They are also required to submit an endorsement letter from the parish of their registration, or to sign a “Life in Harmony with the Faith” document which can be provided for you here at our parish office.
Ideally, there are to be two godparents, (one of each gender), a godmother and a godfather; but there must minimally be one sponsor who is able to fulfill the canonical requirements of this sublime role.
For the convenience and needs of our many families at Little Flower, we offer private Baptismal ceremonies, as well as group Baptismal ceremonies.
- Private Baptisms are celebrated on most Saturdays at 11am, 11:30am, and 12noon. Given the real costs of personnel, supplies, and the readied preparation of the church, an anticipated donation of $300 is requested.
- Group Baptisms are celebrated on most Sundays at 2pm. Addressing the aforementioned real costs to the church, an anticipated donation of $150 is requested for those participating in group Baptisms.
- The date of the Baptism cannot be reserved until all the above mentioned requirements have been met, and all documents have been received. Just speak with our Curator of Records for more information.
We look forward to celebrating with you this momentous day of grace in the life of your child.