We are very happy to prepare your family for the celebration of Infant Baptism. For Catholic Christians, Baptism is the beginning of all Christian life. It is a free gift from our loving God. We do not deserve it, and yet He makes us His Children in baptism. Through baptism every child becomes a members of the Body of Christ and members of the Catholic Church.
Why do we baptize? On the great Feast Day of Pentecost God poured out his Holy Spirit into the Church. On Pentecost, St. Peter preached to the multitudes: ”Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins” (Acts 2:37). Whole families, parents and children, were baptized. Since then the ministers of the Church have offered this sacrament to all who asked for it.
Jesus instructs his disciples to: “baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:19-20). The difficult work comes after Baptism, namely to teach a child all that Christ has taught us in what we do and what we say. During Baptism, parents and godparents vow before God to teach their child the Catholic Christian faith so that when their child grows up, she/he can personally choose to follow Jesus Christ. Parents are the first educators of their children in knowing, loving, and serving Jesus Christ.
Infant baptism includes all children age 7 and younger. Children older than 7 years of age need to be able to personally accept Jesus Christ as their savior, learn to pray, and know about the sacraments.
Would you make a vow before God without understanding what you are promising? We invite all Christian witnesses to take the Infant Baptism class so that they understand the commitment they are making before God. Christian witnesses are agreeing to help their godchild to grow in their Catholic faith. Hopefully they are there not only on the day of their Baptism but also present at their First Communion, Confirmation and Marriage.
- REGISTRATION FORM for a Baptism at St. Matthew
- Bring a COPY OF BIRTH CERTIFICATE (not the original)
- GODPARENT(S) ELIGIBILITY FORMS (available at Baptism Class). If your godparents are coming from another parish, they need an ELIGIBILITY LETTER and PROOF of the BAPTISM CLASS.
If you have not taken the Baptism Class in the past two years, you will need to do so. Please bring a Bible and the class fee of $35. At the class, you can obtain a Parent Letter.
If you have not taken the Baptism Class in the past two years, you will need to do so. Please bring a Bible, the name of your godchildren and the class fee of $35. At the class you can obtain a Godparent Letter. It may take up to a week to obtain the letter, depending on the time of year.
Parents and Godparents need to attend Baptism Class from 7-9 p.m. in the Parish Hall room A-B. Please come and pre-register at the parish office with the birth certificate and registration fee of $35 prior to class. Baptisms are celebrated once a month on Saturdays at 11 a.m. in the Parish. Paper work must be completed three weeks before the desired date. The dates are as follows:
|Class Dates 2016:||Baptism celebrated on:|
|November 14||December 10|
|December 12||January 14, 2017|
|Class Date 2017:||Baptism celebrated on:|
|January 09||February 11|
|February 06||March - no baptisms during Lent|
|March 20||April 29|
|April 24||May 13|
|May 15||June 10|
|June 12||July 08|
|July 17||August 12|
For more information please contact Adult Faith Coordinator Irma Vasquez at (503) 648-1998 Ext. 246 or email at IVasquez@stmatthewhillsboro.org.