Welcome to our Parish community! We are happy to support your family during this special time of preparation for the Baptism of your child and/or your preparation to become a godparent.
Sacraments are visible signs of God’s love; through them and by the actions of the Holy Spirit, Jesus fills us with his grace, heals and strengthens us.
Through Baptism your child will become a member of the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church; original sin will be erased and he/she will become an adoptive son/daughter of God. He/she will share in Jesus’ offices of Priest, Prophet and King receiving spiritual gifts to serve the community.
Baptism is the beginning of a faith journey and we congratulate you for choosing this beautiful gift for your child/godchild.
May the Lord bless you,
Rev. Hugo Maese, MSpS.
Pastor, St. Matthew Catholic Church
Infant baptism is for children younger than 7 years old. Parents and Godparents commit to raise him/her on the faith, then, parents and godparents attend class to prepare for this commitment.
Children older than 7 years of age receive Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation through the RCIA program. Please visit (webmaster, please place link to RCIA Children) for more information.
Parents, please gather the following:
Because of the large number of Baptisms taking place, especially during the summer months,
ALL PAPERWORK NEEDS TO BE COMPLETED AT LEAST FOUR WEEKS BEFORE DESIRED DATE OF BAPTISM
Please contact the other Parish and find out what their requirements are, as they may be slightly different from ours. Most probably, you will be asked to attend Baptismal preparation class and send information regarding the infant.
At our Baptismal class we will issue you a Letter of Authorization, which you will send to the other parish along with any other documents (copy of Birth Certificate, etc.)
Godparents are an integral part of the Sacrament of Baptism. The Church places great value on their role; as such, please select people who will be Catholic role models for your child.
Godparents are called to perform an officium (CCC 1255) in the Church, where they will walk with your child throughout his/her life, pray for and encourage them, and give advice when needed. Ideally, godparents will be present at their godchild's First Communion, Confirmation and Marriage.
Here are guidelines for selecting godparents as defined by the Church:
What and honor and a privilege! Thanks for saying YES!
Most probably you are being asked to take a Baptism Preparation class and to present a document that verifies that, along with your Eligibility to be Godparent. In other words, at the other Parish they don’t know you, and they will rely on St. Matthew to verify that you are a practicing Catholic and qualify to be a Godparent.
Godparents, please gather the following:
In class, you will receive a Godparent Letter of Authorization, which you will then send to the Parents/Parish where the Baptism will take place.
Currently, St. Matthew requires only one class for both Parents and Godparents. We recommend you take the class as soon in advance as possible.
Class takes place one Monday a month in Rooms A-B in the Parish Hall, from 7-9 p.m. Come ready to participate.
Baptisms are celebrated once a month on a Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Church.
Take class in advance, as soon as you know you want to Baptize.
|Class Date 2017||Baptism Celebration|
|July 17||August 12|
|August 14||September 9|
|September 11||October 14|
|October 16||November 11|
|November 13||December 9|
Paper work must be completed at least 4 weeks before the desired date.
We’re a generous Parish in which our class is good for two years. If you take the class and need a Letter later on, please make sure to contact Irma with plenty of time, as depending on the time of the year, it may take longer than a week to look at files, return phone calls and prepare the Letter, especially if Godparents need to fill out a Godparent(s) Eligibility Declaration.
For more information please contact Adult Faith Coordinator Irma Vasquez at (503) 648-1998 Ext. 246 or email at IVasquez@stmatthewhillsboro.org.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing 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” (Matthew 28:19-20)