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.
"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
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. For a child age 7 and up to be baptized, 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 when they celebrate the sacrament. Please see the "General Sacrament Information" page for more information.
The information and details regarding the guidelines and paperwork needed as part of the Baptismal preparation process will be given at the Parents' Meeting for Baptism during the year that the student will celebrate the sacrament.
BAPTISMS FOR INFANTS AND CHILDREN 6 YEARS OF AGE AND YOUNGER
Baptisms for infants and children age 6 and younger are handled and coordinated through the Parish Office. Click here to obtain more information on the website of the church.