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 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
The sacrament of Baptism is the first of the initiation sacraments of the Catholic Church. Through this sacrament, we receive grace, a share in God's own life.  This grace enables us to live as disciples of Christ as we are purified and renewed by the waters of Baptism.

Through Baptism, we are freed from Original Sin, become children of God, and welcomed into the Church, the Body of Christ.  We are sealed, or forever marked, with the sign of faith as belonging to Christ and have the hope of living in God's love forever.

It is always a joyous occasion for the community of faith to welcome new members into the Church.  The sacrament of Baptism is a communal celebration where the entire faith community comes together as the Body of Christ.




Following the guidelines of the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), Adapted for Children of the Archdiocese of Miami, children ages 7 (seven) through 17 (seventeen) will celebrate the sacrament of Baptism as part of their faith formation in the Religious Education Program.  To celebrate Baptism, a minimum of two consecutive years of faith formation is required (three years in some cases, depending on the child's age), and the child must be in (at least) 3rd grade.  Please see the "General Sacrament Information" for more information.

Below are the guidelines and paperwork needed as part of the Baptismal preparation process.  Further details will be given at the Parents' Meeting for Baptism.




*PLEASE NOTE:  (for children 6 years of age and younger)

  • The guidelines below also pertain to regular community Baptisms (ages 0-6 years at the time of Baptism).
  • For regular community Baptisms, all documents and paperwork should be brought to the Parish Office, where the parents will be given the Baptism Application Form to fill out.
  • Only a parent can come to fill out the Baptism Application, and must submit all required documents outlined below.
  • (Click the "St. Kevin Catholic Church" tab for the Parish Office hours, and for their contact information if you have any additional questions.)

Regular Community Baptisms (children ages 0-6) take place on the following Sundays:

 ENGLISHSecond Sunday of every month
 SPANISHThird and Fourth Sunday of every month
 
**All Baptisms are in community.  There are NO Private Baptisms.




BAPTISM REQUIREMENTS

  • The child must be six (6) years old or younger on the day the child will be baptized.  If the child is seven (7) years or older, the child must attend the Religious Education Program prior to being baptized.
  • One of the parents MUST come to the office with the following documents:
    • Birth Certificate of the child  (The hospital birth record will NOT be accepted.)
    • Copy of a valid photo I.D. of BOTH parents
    • Permission Letter from their parish to baptize your child here   (if the parents are not registered parishioners of St. Kevin and do not live within the boundaries of the parish)
    • Sponsor Letter for each of the godparents from their parish  (if the godparents are not registered parishioners of St. Kevin and do not live within the boundaries of the parish)

 ALL of the above documents are required to be submitted and on file in order to fill out an application and reserve a date for the Baptism.

  • Godparents:
    • They must be Catholic, at least 16 years of age, have received the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation, and live a life of faith, which befits the role to be undertaken.
    • If married, they must be married in the Catholic Church.
    • One godparent, male or female, is sufficient.  But if there are two, they have to be male and female.           
  • Parents and godparents of the child to be baptized are to be instructed on the meaning of the sacrament and the obligations attached to it.  Parents and godparents must attend an obligatory pre-baptismal instruction class which lasts approximately 1½ hours and will take place on   _________________________  (date and time).

  • If a parent or godparent does not live in Miami, that person may attend the pre-baptismal class in a parish in their area and bring a letter or certificate from that parish stating that he/she has received the pre-baptismal instruction.  This needs to be done ONE WEEK PRIOR to the date of the Baptism. Online classes are NOT acceptable.
  • If the father or the mother does not live with the child, or he/she is not Catholic, and will not be present at the Baptism, please bring a notarized authorization letter in which that person gives his/her permission for the child to be baptized.  THIS IS AN INDISPENSABLE REQUIREMENT IN THESE SPECIAL CASES.
  • If there are any Baptism requirements (i.e. Baptism Class) pending one week prior to the date of the Baptism, the Baptism is subject to be postponed until the file is complete.
  • All Baptisms are in community: the second Sunday of the month in English and the third and fourth Sunday in Spanish at 2:30 pm.  There are NO private Baptisms.
  • On the day of the Baptism, an envelope will be provided to place the donation for the Baptism. We thank you for your generosity.


For a printable version of the requirements, click here.
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St. Kevin Religious Education,
Jan 16, 2021, 12:07 PM