Monday, August 19
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded of you" (Matthew 28:19-20).
Baptism is the first sacrament celebrated in the process of becoming a full member of the Church community. It is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
Baptism is, like all the sacraments, a gift from God. Water is the universal symbol. Water is absolutely essential for all life. Water cleanses and restores. It is the waters of Baptism which give us new life. In accordance, through Baptism we die to ourselves in order to be restored and resurrected in the new life of Christ.
"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" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1279).
The information below describes the process for having your child baptized.
RCIA (adapted for older children) requires participation in Children's Faith Formation (CFF) or Youth Ministry. Monthly children's catechemunate sessions for children candidates and parents are scheduled through the DFYM. Participants must complete an CFF registration at www.stdominics.org/ministries/childformation. Contact the Director of Family and Youth Ministries, Kathy Folan at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 567-7824 Ext. 111.
Please see the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program.
Registered parishioners are invited to have their children baptized at St. Dominic's.
In preparing for your child's baptism:
Attend the Baptismal Class
Return the Baptismal Questionnaire.
We will contact you to discuss dates.
Attend the Baptism Preparation
Attend the Baptism Preparation,
Obtain letters of good standing
$150 for the church
$100 for the clergy
We do individual baptisms.
Typically on Saturday mornings.
For 20 guests or fewer, we use the Baptistry. For larger groups, we use the Lady Chapel. The Lady Chapel is only available when there are no other events scheduled in the main church.
You should pick two godparents only. You should chose them based on their ability to help you raise your child in the belief and teachings of the Catholic Church.
No. Both godparents must be baptized Christians. At least one godparent must be Catholic and an active, registered parishioner of a parish. The role of Godparent isn't an honorary duty on the day of baptism, but a lifetime of shared faith with the child.