Welcome to the Baptism page at Sacred Heart Catholic Church! We are so excited that you have taken this step to baptize your child into God's family. Please find all of the information on how baptism works in the Catholic Church at our parish specifically on this webpage.
I. I've decided to baptize my child....what does that mean?
Learning about baptism and what it means to be baptized into God's family is a ministry that the Church traditionally directs to adults. This means that when you come to baptize your child, you will learn what that baptism means, as the parent of the child. If you have an older child whom you intend to baptize, the baptism preparation will be given directly to them. The Catholic Church calls infant baptism the baptism of any child under age 7. If you desire to baptize a child age 7 or over please enroll them in the RCIA adapted for children, information about which can be found here.
"Catechesis for Baptism is directed primarily to adults: that is, catechumens including children who have reached the age of reason-as well as the parents and godparents of infants who are to be baptized. All those preparing for Baptism, including parents and godparents who are preparing for the Baptism of an infant or child, need the prayerful support and apostolic witness of the people of the local community of faith - the parish. This preparation is an especially important opportunity for the Church to encourage the parents and godparents of infants to reexamine the meaning of the Christian message in their own lives." (National Directory for Catechesis)
II. What do I do next?
Parents and Godparents are required to attend the preparation classes. Preparation takes place in three classes which occur the three first Tuesdays of the month. The first Tuesday of the month, aka the first class, is an Orientation for the parents and registration for Baptism. (Godparents are not required to attend the first Tuesday). The following two Tuesdays after that are the preparation classes. We strongly suggest you attend these sessions early in your pregnancy to avoid any disappointment in choosing a Baptism date.
If you wish to baptize your child, you must first attend a baptism registration session. In order to attend this you must first call the Parish Office to register for this session. You will be given a date, time and location of when this session is available for you to come. Our English Baptism Registrations are every other month, our Spanish are every month. At the registration session, you will be given the guidelines for baptizing your child and any questions you have will be answered. Please bring a copy of the child's birth certificate and the child's godparents Sacrament of Matrimony information from the Catholic Church they were married in, if a couple. If an individual a copy of the most recent certificate of all sacraments. Godparents must be at least 18 years of age.
STEPS TO FOLLOW TO BAPTIZE AT SACRED HEART CATHOLIC CHURCH:
1. Call the Parish Office (936)756-8186 or go to the office and REGISTER for the Baptism Orientation and Classes
2. Attend the Orientation and complete all Paperwork, providing the documentation (Birth Certificate of child to be baptized)
3. Attend Class #1: Theology
4. Attend Class #2: Baptismal Symbols and Ceremony (Receive Confirmation of date of Baptism at this class)