Saint Thomas the Apostle
Catholic Baptism of Children
Catholic parents wishing to have their child baptized as a Roman Catholic are asked to contact the Parish Office during business hours.
We are grateful that parents interested in the faith life of their child would seek information on our faith community and the Roman Catholic Church.
We humbly hope to assist all those responsible for a child to not only choose faith, but live that faith to the fullest. Our every effort is to help Catholic parents respond to the requirements of Baptism by considering the promises they will be making for their child/children. Our hope is that those to be baptized will practice our faith with us so as to fulfill the promises made at Baptism.
Baptism of Children up to age 6, can be arranged in the Parish office. Please view our Baptism Brochure for more information on procedure and process.
Los padres católicos que deseen bautizar a sus hijos como católicos romanos deben comunicarse con la Oficina Parroquial durante el horario comercial.
Estamos agradecidos de que los padres interesados en la vida de fe de sus hijos busquen información sobre nuestra comunidad de fe y la Iglesia Católica Romana.
Humildemente esperamos ayudar a todos los responsables de un niño a no solo elegir la fe, sino también a vivir esa fe al máximo. Nuestro mayor esfuerzo es ayudar a los padres católicos a responder a los requisitos del Bautismo considerando las promesas que harán para sus hijos. Nuestra esperanza es que aquellos que se bauticen practiquen nuestra fe con nosotros para cumplir las promesas hechas en el bautismo.
Bautismo de niños hasta los 6 años, se puede organizar en la oficina de la parroquia. Consulte nuestro folleto de bautismo para obtener más información sobre el procedimiento y el proceso.
The Celebrations of an infant's baptism is a joyous occasion for that child's family and for the family of the Church. Baptism celebrates the fact that God loves us so much that God calls us to have a special, personal relationship with him. A relationship so close that God claims us as His own and gives us the privilege of calling Him "Our Father"!
Just as the birth of a child leads parents to reflect on the gift of human life, so the baptism of a child leads parents, and the while parish, to reflect on this sacrament and what it means to be part of God's Church.
The Baptism Preparation Program at Saint Thomas the Apostle, is designed to help parents in that reflection. Its primary purpose is not to prepare parents to celebrate the day when the baptismal waters will be poured over their child, but rather to help parents reflect on the meaning of their own baptism and the Catholic faith they wish to share with their child. Baptism at Saint Thomas has several components spread over a period of months.
Gathering to Rejoice
The first component of Baptism at Saint Thomas involves an initial gathering after the inquiry has been made. It brings together parents who have recently received an addition to their family or are expecting. The social gathering is a time for rejoicing, a time to celebrate the new life they created or are awaiting. This gathering also includes some practical information and light refreshments.
Gathering to Understand
The second component of Baptism at Saint Thomas gives parents the opportunity to more fully understand the meaning of the sacrament of baptism in their own life. Baptism is no something we receive, but rather a way of living, a vision of life, a relationship with God, and relationship with God;s people, the Church. Godparents if they are able, are encouraged to attend.
Gathering to Prepare
The third component of Baptism at Saint Thomas takes place on the Saturday before the actual Baptism is celebrated. This session takes place in the church. It alerts parents to what will take place during the celebration of Baptism. This helps the parents celebrate the liturgy with greater understanding and attention.
Christians are a Sunday People
Through the sacrament of baptis a child is incorporated into the Church community that gathers on Sunday. Christ was raised to new life on Easter Sunday. The Risen Lord appeared to his discipls most often on Sunday. The Holy Spirit descended upon the Church on Pentecost Sunday. Sunday is our day. Sunday is the day when people are born to new life as Christians.
Gathering to Remember
The fifth component of Baptism at Saint Thomas takes place over a period of months and years. In fact, it never ends until we meet the Lord face to face. We gather at Mass each Sunday to grow in our Christian faith and to remember who we are as followers of Christ and whose children we have become through baptism. We also gather at particular times to assist parents in theor responsibility to be "examples of faith to inspire their child". One such gathering invloves an invitation for parents to bring the newly baptized child of God to Sunday Mass dressed in their baptismal garment to present them to the faithful in attendance. This Mass and reception reminds parents that their children, and al the baptized, are part of the local and Universal Church community.
Baptism of School-Aged Children
Once a child reaches the age of seven, it is no longer possible to baptize the child in the same way that infants are baptized. Since older children are able to reason, the preparation of these children is different than that of infants and their parents.
Children attending Saint Thomas Catholic Academy should contact the Office of Faith Formation which is located within the School building.
Baptism of Adults
For those over 18 years old seeking Baptism involves a process known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, (RCIA for short)
Those interested in this on-going process of education and discernment of God's will are asked to contact Ms. Natalia Parra at the Faith Formation Office.
Normally this program develops over one or more years to, not only "make someone Catholic" but to have a person accept and live our faith as Roman Catholic Christians.