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Baptism

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deacon Tom baptizing baby
deacon Tom anointing baby
deacon Gene baptizing
deacon Gene baptizing baby
Baptism family with dcn Jim

“Are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death. We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life.”

Romans 6:3-4 NAB

Information for newborn, infant, and toddler Baptism

Baptism is the first Sacrament of Initiation in the church, through which we die to our old selves, and sin, and rise out of the waters into a new life in Christ Jesus. In the symbols of WATER, FIRE (light), OILS and WHITE CLOTHING, the living God comes upon the one Baptized and claims them for God’s own. God says “This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17) That person is forever marked as a child of God and heir to the kingdom.

For information on Baptism of a child 7 years old or older, please contact Larry Perry at the parish office: 210.492.4600, Ext. 211.


Classes are required for parents and sponsors. We offer classes for those who plan to have their child baptized at St. Francis of Assisi Church, as well as for parishioners who will be sponsors at another parish. (See the two different boxes below.) Deacon Jim Hewson organizes these classes. If you wish to contact Deacon Jim, please call the office and we will put you in touch with him.

Registration for Children to be Baptized at St. Francis

If you are a parent or sponsor and the Baptism will be at St. Francis, and you plan to attend a Baptism preparation class at St. Francis, please note the following:

  • A copy of the child’s birth certificate is required.
  • Each sponsor must print and complete this sponsor form:  Download Download
  • Baptism walk through instructions for parents and sponsors is available to print and read through:  Download

NOTE: if there are less than 5 registered participants for any particular date the class will likely be rescheduled.

Baptism Classes for Children to be Baptized at Another Parish

If you are a parent or sponsor and the child’s Baptism will NOT be at St. Francis, but you plan to attend a Baptism preparation class at St. Francis of Assisi, please register to take the class.  At the completion of the class you will be given a letter to give to the parish where the child is to be baptized. REGISTER FOR BAPTISM CLASS HERE

NOTE: if there are less than 5 registered participants for any particular date the class will likely be rescheduled.


Duties and Qualifications for Baptism Sponsors

Sponsor(s) together with parents:

  • present the infant at Baptism
  • help the baptized to lead a Christian life in harmony with Baptism, and
  • help the baptized faithfully fulfill the obligations connected with Baptism

Qualifications of sponsor(s):

  • nominated by parents or pastor
  • at least 16 years of age
  • is a Catholic who
    • has received the sacrament of Confirmation
    • has received the sacrament of the Eucharist
    • leads a life in harmony with the faith
    • leads a life in harmony with the role to be undertaken

A baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic Christian community may be a witness for Baptism, together with a Catholic sponsor.


For further information regarding the Sacrament of Baptism please call the parish office: 210-492-4600

 

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