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.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1213

What We Believe About Baptism:

Baptismal Font and Paschal Candle

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 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 a 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.

Ceremonies:

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 10:30am, 11:15am, and 12 Noon. 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 requirements have been met and all documents have been received. Please review the Parent and Godparent Requirements on the tabs above.

We look forward to celebrating with you this momentous day of grace in the life of your child.

Parents:

Baptismal Gown
  • We do not need proof of Sacraments for the parents.
  • If the parents are both Catholic, the only documentation we require for them is the following:
    • The Baptism Registration Form
    • Certificate of attendance of the pre-baptismal class, to be taken in person.
      • Online Baptism preparation courses are not currently accepted.
      • In the very rare case that classes are not offered at your church, or at any neighboring parish by you, you can have a one-on-one with a priest, deacon or chaplain.
    • If not registered at COTLF, a permission letter from their parish, allowing them to baptize outside of their church.

Godparents (All documents required for each Godparent):

  • Proof of Confirmation (the certificate can be a copy of the original)
  • If married, certificate of Catholic marriage.
  • Certificate of attendance of the pre-baptismal class, to be taken in person.
    • Online Baptism preparation courses are not currently accepted.
    • In the very rare case that classes are not offered at your church, or at any neighboring parish by you, you can have a one-on-one with a priest, deacon or chaplain.
  • A Sponsorship Letter from their parish.
    • This letter informs us they are active registered parishioners, live a life of faith, and partake in the catholic community.

If Godparents are unable to locate or obtain certificates or Confirmation and/or Marriage, they can alternately sign the “Life in Harmony with the Faith” document at the Parish Office.

Baptism date cannot be scheduled/reserved, until all documentation mentioned above is turned in at the time of scheduling.

Paschal Candle

To be chosen as a godparent is a special honor. You, above all others, have been entrusted with the responsibility to participate in this child's Christian life and education. This privilege offers you the opportunity to develop a mutually enriching spiritual relationship that will last throughout this life and beyond.

It is the very ancient custom of the Church that at the celebration of the sacrament of baptism or confirmation, a Godparent be present. The functions of the Godparent/Sponsor are:

  • Together with the celebrant who baptizes or confirms, to represent the Church in receiving the person into the communion of the Church;
  • To assist the person in Christian initiation.

In accord with Canon 874 of the Code of Canon Law, the Church can admit a person to the role of Godparent/Sponsor if,

  • He or she is not less than sixteen years of age; and
  • Has been confirmed and has already received the blessed Eucharist
  • Lives a life of faith which befits the role to be undertaken, and
  • Is not either the father or the mother of the person

At least one of the Godparents/Sponsors must be an active, registered parishioner in good standing with a Catholic parish. Given the functions and role a Godparent/Sponsor exercises, a non-Catholic Christian cannot be admitted as a Godparent/Sponsor; however, he or she can serve as a witness of honor. A non-Christian cannot serve in this latter capacity, but is welcome to be present at the ceremony.

The Catholic seeking to be admitted as a Godparent/Sponsor must "live a life of faith which befits the role to be undertaken." Therefore, Godparents/Sponsors must:

  • Sincerely believe and strive to put into practice the Word of God as taught by the Catholic Church;
  • Regularly take part in the Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation.

Godparents/Sponsors from other parishes must bring Sponsor letters stating that they are active registered parishioners in good standing of that parish.

If two Godparents/Sponsors are to be selected, there is to be only one male and one female Godparent/Sponsor. Alternatively, you can have only one Godparent/Sponsor. if you so desire.

Those unable to be admitted as Godparents/Sponsors include:

  • Catholics who are not actively affiliated with a worshiping community
  • Catholics who are invalidly married, as for example, before a Justice of the Peace, or without proper dispensation, before a minister of a Protestant church or before a rabbi, or
  • Catholics who have not yet received Confirmation and/or their First Holy Communion.

All classes are held from 9:00am - 9:45am.

NOVEMBER 2020LANGUAGELOCATION/ZOOM ID
Saturday, November 7thClases de Bautismo en Español por Zoom860 2807 2566
Saturday, November 14thEnglish Baptism Classes via Zoom811 2946 9664
DECEMBER 2020LANGUAGELOCATION/ZOOM ID
Saturday, December 5thClases de Bautismo en Español por Zoom860 2807 2566
Saturday, December 12thEnglish Baptism Classes via Zoom811 2946 9664
JANUARY 2021LANGUAGELOCATION/ZOOM ID
Saturday, January 2ndClases de Bautismo en Español por Zoom860 2807 2566
Saturday, January 9thEnglish Baptism Classes via Zoom811 2946 9664
FEBRUARY 2021LANGUAGELOCATION/ZOOM ID
Saturday, February 6thClases de Bautismo en Español por Zoom860 2807 2566
Saturday, February 13thEnglish Baptism Classes via Zoom811 2946 9664
MARCH 2021LANGUAGELOCATION/ZOOM ID
Saturday, March 6thClases de Bautismo en Español por Zoom860 2807 2566
Saturday, March 13thEnglish Baptism Classes via Zoom811 2946 9664
APRIL 2021LANGUAGELOCATION/ZOOM ID
Saturday, April 10thEnglish Baptism Classes via Zoom811 2946 9664
MAY 2021LANGUAGELOCATION/ZOOM ID
Saturday, May 1stClases de Bautismo en Español por Zoom860 2807 2566
Saturday, May 8thEnglish Baptism Classes via Zoom811 2946 9664