Preparation and Celebration of Baptism

On the first Saturday of each month there is two preparation classes. One is in Spanish, at 9:00am, and the other in english at 1:00pm. A class lasts approximately two-three hours. Each preparation class consists of reviewing the importance of faith formation, reviewing the ritual of Baptism and responding to the questions of the group.

 Eng. Class– 1pm /Clase Espa.– 9am 1/6/18


What is Needed:
*Birth Certificate of Child to be Baptized
*Sponsor’s Sacramental Certificate/s of Marriage
*If sponsors are not members of this Parish, we will need a letter of permission from their Parish stating that they are practicing and good standing Catholics.
* If Parents are not members of this Parish, we will need a letter of permission from their Parish stating they can baptize their child at St. Mary’s Catholic Church
*All of this paperwork along with this packet must be turned in BEFORE the Baptism Class in order to register Parents and Sponsers into the class. BOTH PARENTS AND SPONSERS NEED BAPTISM CLASS.

* Certificado de nacimiento del niño/a que sera bautizado/a
* Certificado/s de matrimonio sacramental de los padrinos
* Si los padrinos no son miembros de esta parroquia, necesitaremos una carta de permiso de su Parroquia indicando que son católicos practicantes y en Buena posicion con la iglesia y Dios.
* Si los padres no son miembros de esta parroquia, necesitaremos una carta de permiso de su parroquia que indique que pueden bautizar a su hijo en la iglesia católica de Santa María
* Todos estos documentos junto con este paquete deben ser entregados ANTES de la clase de la bautismo para poder inscribir a los padres y a los padrinos en la clase. AMBOS PADRES Y PADRINOS NECESITAN LA CLASE DE BAUTISMO. 



One weekend a month our parish offers the sacrament of Baptism, either on the 4th Saturday of the month in Spanish, or the 4th Sunday of the month in English. The baptisms on Saturdays are at 11:00am and on the Sunday's they are after 10 O'clock Mass. 

Enero 27
Abril 28
Mayo 26
Junio 23
Julio 28
Agosto 25
Septiembre 22
Octubre 27
Noviembre 24
Diciembre 22

January 28
April 29
May 27
June 24
July 29
August 26
September 23
October 28
November 25
December 23


Sacrament of Baptism



The sacrament of baptism ushers us into the divine life, cleanses us from sin, and initiates us as members of the Christian community. It is the foundation for the sacramental life.

At baptism, the presider prays over the water:

Father, look now with love upon your Church, and unseal for her the fountain of baptism. By the power of the Holy Spirit give to this water the grace of your Son, so that in the sacrament of baptism all those whom you have created in your likeness may be cleansed from sin and rise to a new birth of innocence by water and the Holy Spirit. (Christian Initiation of Adults, #222A)

Freed from Sin

Baptism frees us from the bondage of original and actual sin. Water is poured in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Today, the sacrament of baptism is often performed on infants, shortly after birth. Adult baptisms take place at the Easter Vigil through the restored Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Adults or children who have been baptized in a valid Christian church are not baptized again in the Catholic church. As we say in the Nicene Creed, “I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins…”

The Catechism teaches:
“The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ” (CCC 1279).


  • Water – The waters of baptism recall Jesus’ own baptism by John the Baptist in the river Jordan. Water is a symbol of cleansing and renewal as we begin a new life in Christ. We are washed clean of sin.
  • Oil – At baptism we are anointed into the life of Christ as “priest, prophet and king.” A cross is traced on the candidate’s forehead as are reminder that we are inheritors of the Kingdom of God.
  • Light – The baptismal candle is lit from the Paschal or Easter candle that stands in the church as a sign of Christ’s light in the world. At baptism, we receive the light of Christ and are called forth to share this light with the world.
  • White garment – The white garment that is placed upon us at baptism is a symbol of Christ’s victory over death and his glorious resurrection. Likewise, the white garment or pall that is placed over the coffin at the time of death recalls our baptismal promises and reminds us that we are destined for eternal life.

While in ordinary circumstances, sacraments in the Catholic Church are administered validly by a member of the ordained clergy, in an emergency situation, the sacrament of baptism can be administered by anyone.

In case of necessity (ie. emergency), any person can baptize provided that he have the intention of doing that which the Church does and provided that he pour water on the candidates head while saying: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (CCC 1284).