The Sacrament of Baptism
Baptism is the sacrament whereby the Christian community welcomes and begins the initiation of new members. In the water bath of blessed water, the anointing with fragrant chrism, the clothing in new white garments and the reception of the Light of Christ, new members join the life of the Catholic Christian Community. In the renunciation of sin, profession of faith, and promise of a faithful witness to the Christian life, and, with God-parents at their side, parents present their new family member(s) asking that they be formally admitted to the life of the church. Or, perhaps, someone of understanding age presents themselves for membership.
This is reason for great joy in the life of the church and in the life of a parish. This calls for a celebration! So… the community is called together to welcome and celebrate with new members. Baptism is most properly celebrated at weekend mass when the community can actually be present. This gathering presents the opportunity of a proper welcome and a reminder and celebration of the strength of faith of the community that will henceforth share weekly prayer and Eucharist with these members. For those who are already baptized, it is a powerful renewal of our own baptismal grace and blessing.
Please contact the Parish Office or call 718-335-2626 for more information or to schedule a Baptism.
English Baptism 2nd Saturday of the month at 11:00am
English Instructions: Wednesday prior to the monthly scheduled baptism at 7:00pm in the Rectory with pre-registration one month in advance of the class.
Spanish Baptism 3rd Saturday of the month at 11:00 am.
Spanish Instructions: Wednesday prior to the monthly scheduled baptism at 7:00pm in the Rectory with pre-registration one month in advance of the class.
English Baptisms are held the 2nd Saturday of the month at 11:00am and English Baptismal Prep classes are held the Wednesday prior to the Baptism at 7:00 PM in the Rectory with pre- registration one month in advance of class.
Spanish Baptisms are held on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 11:00am and Spanish Baptismal Prep classes are held the Wednesday prior to the Baptism at 7:00pm in the Rectory with pre-registration one month in advance of class.
Parents of children who are going to be Baptized in our Parish are required to attend. Covered in each class is theology of the Sacrament, a walk-through of the Baptism ritual, and some discussion of how we, as Catholics, can live out our Baptismal call.
To attend a session, please call the rectory office to schedule an appointment