What is Baptism?
”Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: Baptism is a sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.” (Catechism 1213) Through baptism, we become part of the royal, priestly people of God, called to holy lives of prayer and service.
At Sacred Heart, the sacrament of Baptism is celebrated communally, in the context of the Sunday Eucharist. As the great poet and Anglican divine John Donne wrote, “The church is catholic, universal, so are all her actions; all that she does belongs to all. When she baptizes a child, that action concerns me; for that child is thereby connected to that head which is my head too, and engrafted into the body whereof I am a member.”
At least one parent must be Catholic and a registered member of the parish, or have a personal connection with a registered parishioner, e.g. grandparent or other member of the parish. If you are registered in another parish and are requesting that your child be baptized at Sacred Heart, your pastor will need to send a letter giving his permission for the baptism to take place at Sacred Heart. The letter also needs to state that you have attended and successfully completed a Baptism Preparation Program at Sacred Heart or in your home parish.
Baptism Mass Times
Sacred Heart Parish celebrates Infant Baptisms approximately six times a year (see the Infant Baptism Schedule for dates) during our weekend Masses:
- 5:00 p.m. Saturday
- 8:30 a.m. Sunday
- 11:00 a.m. Sunday