Congratulations on the birth of your child! God
has blessed you abundantly with this new life that He has entrusted
to you. You have wisely chosen to ask to have your child baptized.
This, of course, is a good and holy thing to do because it delivers
your child from Original Sin, makes it a child of God, and incorporates
it into the divine life of grace in the Church. With this decision,
you accept the responsibility of raising the child in the practice
of the Catholic faith.
In so doing, you commit yourself anew to the practice of the faith.
This means praying with your child, and for your child daily, bringing
him or her to Sunday Mass every week and on Holy Days of Obligation,
coming to the Sacrament of Penance whenever you commit grave sin,
and educating your child in the Catholic faith, first by your family
life and by your personal example, but also by sending him or her
to a Catholic school or to religious instruction (if your marital
status is not in order, this is a good moment to address it; I will
be happy to meet with you privately to discuss options).
God gives each human being a personal vocation
and a unique mission. Your child needs your help to gain the skills
necessary to be able to come to discover his or her mission in the
service of God and of His Church. Most will discover that their
vocation is marriage and family life; a few, religious life, the
priesthood or to some other form of committed single life. In any
case, within every vocation there are many different missions, whose
success depends on personal talents and spiritual gifts. God creates
each person with talents, interests and a temperament that constitute
a personality. God also gives to each person spiritual gifts. Some
of these gifts are listed in Scriptures (e.g., Rm. 12:3-8, 1 Cor.
12:1-11, etc.), while others are evident in the lives of His Saints.
As one grows in holiness, one’s personality becomes complete
and whole, rough edges are smoothed, virtues are honed, vices diminish,
spiritual gifts mature, and the glory of God shows forth more brilliantly.
As parents, you occupy irreplaceable roles in your child’s
life. Your example and your words exert great influence over your
child. Use this authority for your child’s good. Help your
child discover its true dignity as a Son or Daughter of God.
At the Baptism, your child embarks on this dramatic
adventure of discovery and meaning. Our parish is delighted to accompany
you and your child. We stand ready to assist you in your holy duty
to raise your child as a Christian. May God bless you and strengthen
you in the awesome task.
AT THE CHURCH OF SAINT ROCCO
Time of the Celebration of Baptism:
• The Sacrament of Baptism normally takes place after the
11:30 a.m. Mass on the Second and Fourth Sunday of each month.
• The maximum number of children at any celebration
is three. If on a particular Sunday more the three children wish
baptism, two consecutive sessions will be schedule, first at 12:30
p.m. and second at 1:00 p.m. This will alleviate the problem of
too little space in the Baptistery.
The Structure of the Celebration:
• The celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism consists of
1. Entrance Rite at the doors of the Church;
2. Liturgy of the Word on the right side of the Church facing the
3. Celebration of the Sacrament in the Baptistery.
• Entrance Rite
1. Weather permitting, the parents, child and godparents gather
outside of the main doors of the church; if the weather is inclement,
please wait in the vestibule of the church.
2. The celebration begins with the priest or the deacon greeting
the party, and posing the questions about the name of the child,
and what the parents seek from the Church for the child; the answer
is “Faith” or “Baptism”.
3. The priest or the deacon inquires if the parents and godparents
are prepared to undertake the solemn obligation to raise the child
in the Catholic faith.
4. After signing the child with the cross, the priest or the deacon
and the baptismal party process into the church; genuflect when
they arrive at their seats and sit for the Liturgy of the Word.
Parents, child and god parents will be seated together in the front.
• Liturgy of the Word
1. After listening to the Word of God and a brief homily, all respond
to the Intercessions (“Lord, hear our prayer)”, and
a Litany of the Saints (“pray for us”).
2. At the conclusion, the priest or deacon will anoint the breastbone
of the infant; please be sure to prepare the child by loosing the
• Celebration of the Sacrament
1. The baptismal party (parents, child and godparents) enters the
2. After the parents and godparents have renounced Satan and professed
the Catholic Faith in a question and answer format (please respond
“I do”), they will affirm their intention to raise the
child in the Catholic Faith and their desire for the child to be
3. The baptism immediately follows with accompanying rites (anointing,
white garment and candle).
4. We pray the Our Father together, and the rite concludes with
the blessing of the Mother, the Father, and all present.
Comportment in the Church
• A church is a holy place. For this reason please observe
an appropriate reverence and respectful silence.
• Unnecessary talking should be entirely avoided, and cell
phones should be put on silent mode or turned off altogether.
• Children might find the Baptism more interesting if they
are able to see what is happening. For this reason and space permitting,
please feel free to bring the children into the Baptistery during
the celebration of the Sacrament. If they have their own baptismal
candle with them, they will also have it lit at the appropriate
• An envelope is provided for your baptismal offering; this
goes to the parish.
• If you wish to follow the custom of also giving the priest
or the deacon an offering, please put this in a separate envelope
or give it to him directly.