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Baptism: The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated in Spanish on Saturdays at 11:00 am. There is a limit of 15 children, for more information on baptisms, please call the office.
“One Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all “(Ephesians 4: 6)
What is the sacrament of baptism?
The sacraments, as such are not an “invention” of the Church. But have been left in the tradition through Christ, who in turn pointed to his apostles and the community as repositories of them; to remember and to establish its presence and live intensely binding to the community in it. So then, the spread of the sacraments has been given to the church, and they leave the monkey Christ himself. Therefore, his strength is in the same divinity to carry them in His holy name.
Baptism is the sacrament by which the Church welcomes us to the great family of God, making us children of God, church members, brothers of Jesus Christ and heirs of heaven.
Through baptism we are away original sin and receive the three baptismal graces: becoming priests, prophets and kings. This sacrament is named after the Greek meaning “dip”. The “immersion” into the water symbolizes the catechumen’s (refers to the person who is prepared to receive baptism) burial in the death of Christ that goes by the resurrection with how new creature. (CCC # 1214)
The Code of Canon Law that governs the Latin church, speaks of the “Godfather” or the “Godfathers” only in relation to the sacraments of Christian initiation, namely (cf. Canon 842 s. 2): Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
The proper function of Godfather assistance is Christian initiation of the infant. The godparents serves to submit along with their parents, and ensure that later lead a Christian life consistent with baptism and comply faithfully with Christian obligations.
Why godparents have to be married in the church?
Who thought being a godparent is something simple? The same functions require a person having the quality of Christian life according to the commitment assumed.
The Godfather is a true representative of the Community that gives special “watch” and “accompanies” the growth of faith.
It also should not be affected by any canonical penalty such as not being married by the church, it could not bear witness to the faith in Christ from being unable to bring to Communion or the Sacrament of Confession. This is the main reason why the sponsors, if a couple, has to be married in the church.
The sponsor must be a Catholic, be confirmed and received the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist; in other words, if you plan to attend Christian initiation infant will have to lead a moral life in accordance with baptism, in addition to monitoring to fulfill its obligations inherent in it, it is essential that the same witness.
· * Children (as) must be under 7 years old.
· * If you are older than 7 years must be registered with the catechism program and be baptized at the Easter Vigil.
· * Bring the birth certificate of the child.
· * The Godfathers have to have their sacraments of Christian initiation (Baptism, Communion and Confirmation) and be over 18 years old.
· * If the godparents are a couple must be married by the church.
· * Parents and godparents must attend the pre-baptismal class.
· * If parents or sponsors have already attended the pre-baptismal class, they have to bring the record.
Marriage: Parishioners preparing their wedding by the Church, should make arrangements at least four months before the wedding date. Call the Office in order to make an appointment with the priest to have an interview.
Confessions: Every Friday after 6:30pm Mass and Saturday 4-5pm. For confessions at other times, please call the office to make an appointment.
Anointing of the Sick: Please call the Pastoral Center at the beginning of a serious illness. !Please do not wait until the last minute!