Baptism is a Sacrament which cleanses us from original sin, makes us Christians, children of God, and heirs of heaven. Baptism is necessary to salvation, because without it we cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven. The priest is the ordinary minister of Baptism; but in case of necessity any one who has the use of reason may baptize. Whoever baptizes should pour water on the head of the person to be baptized, and say, while pouring the water: I baptize thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. There are three kinds of Baptism: Baptism of water, of desire, and of blood. Baptism of water is that which is given by pouring water on the head of the person to be baptized, and saying at the same time: I baptize thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Baptism of desire is an ardent wish to receive Baptism, and to do all that God has ordained for our salvation. Baptism of blood is the shedding of one´s blood for the faith of Christ, such as in the cases of martyrdom. Baptism of desire or of blood is sufficient to produce the effects of the Baptism of water, if it is impossible to receive the Baptism of water.
- Parents, planning to have their children baptized at St. Paschal Baylon Church, must live within the boundaries of our Parish and be registered. If not registered, they will be invited to do so and attend Mass for 6 months, before meeting with one of the Parish priests.
- Parents not married in the Roman Catholic Church will be allowed to celebrate only the baptism of their first child. No other child will be baptized unless the parents decide to validate their wedding in the Roman Catholic Church.
- At least one of the parents must be Roman Catholic and provide a baptism certificate to prove it.
- The child must be not older than 2 years old. Please, bring the baby’s birth certificate.
- Godparents must be baptized and confirmed, 16 or older, if married, they must be married in the Roman Catholic Church.
- Parents and Godparents must attend the baptismal preparation class prior to the baptism ceremony.
- Parents who fail to comply with one of the requirements will not be able to celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism of their child in our Parish.