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Baptism

After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. - Lk 3:21-22a

12/2/2020 - Baptisms have resumed at St. Jude Parish. One Baptism is allowed during the Sunday 9am, 11am and 4pm and Saturday 4pm Masses. Please note that these services are allowed limited attendance and all attendees must wear masks. Please contact the Parish Office for details.


All parents and Baptism sponsors are required to take a Baptism preparation course. All classes are held the second Tuesday of every month via Zoom online. Registration ends the day of the class at 3:00pm. 

2020 Schedule of Baptismal Classes

December 15, 2020 - Click here to register
 


About the Baptism Class for Parents and Sponsors
The next class is scheduled for Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 6:00pm on Zoom.
 

  • Each person taking the class must fill out a registration form.
  • The day of the class, a Zoom link will be e-mailed to each person that registered.
  • Attendees within the same household may use the same computer/tablet/phone to attend the class, but each person must individually register.
  • The class will take approximately two hours.
  • Attendance will be taken at the end of the class
  • After completion of the class, a certificate will be mailed to each attendee.
  • If you are having issues logging into the class, please e-mail mary@stjudenm.org

Parents are required to meet with either Fr. Tri or Deacon Sal to discuss the Baptism.
Each meeting lasts a half hour. During this meeting, the Fr. Tri or Deacon Sal will be able to provide you with information on how to choose sponsors, and can schedule the Baptism at this time.

  • Please bring your child’s Birth Certificate to the meeting.
  • Please bring sponsors' Affidavit of Eligibility for Baptism Sponsor, signed and sealed by their parish they are registered and in good standing with.
  • Please call the Parish Office to schedule an appointment at 505-898-0826.

El Sacramento del Bautismo - En Espanol 

Baptism Brochure - English


About the Sacrament of Baptism

The sacrament of baptism ushers us into the divine life, cleanses us from sin, and initiates us as members of the Christian community. It is the foundation for the sacramental life.

At baptism, the presider prays over the water:

Father, look now with love upon your Church, and unseal for her the fountain of baptism. By the power of the Holy Spirit give to this water the grace of your Son, so that in the sacrament of baptism all those whom you have created in your likeness may be cleansed from sin and rise to a new birth of innocence by water and the Holy Spirit. (Christian Initiation of Adults, #222A)

Freed from Sin

Baptism frees us from the bondage of original and actual sin. Water is poured in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Today, the sacrament of baptism is often performed on infants, shortly after birth. Adult baptisms take place at the Easter Vigil through the restored Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Adults or children who have been baptized in a valid Christian church are not baptized again in the Catholic church. As we say in the Nicene Creed, “I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins…”

The Catechism teaches:
"The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ" (CCC 1279).

Baptismal Symbols

  • Water – The waters of baptism recall Jesus’ own baptism by John the Baptist in the river Jordan. Water is a symbol of cleansing and renewal as we begin a new life in Christ. We are washed clean of sin.
  • Oil – At baptism we are anointed into the life of Christ as “priest, prophet and king.” A cross is traced on the candidate’s forehead as a reminder that we are inheritors of the Kingdom of God.
  • Light – The baptismal candle is lit from the Paschal or Easter candle that stands in the church as a sign of Christ’s light in the world. At baptism, we receive the light of Christ and are called forth to share this light with the world. 
  • White garment – The white garment that is placed upon us at baptism is a symbol of Christ’s victory over death and his glorious resurrection. Likewise, the white garment or pall that is placed over the coffin at the time of death recalls our baptismal promises and reminds us that we are destined for eternal life.

While in ordinary circumstances, sacraments in the Catholic Church are administered validly by a member of the ordained clergy, in an emergency situation, the sacrament of baptism can be administered by anyone.

In case of necessity, any person can baptize provided that he have the intention of doing that which the Church does and provided that he pour water on the candidates head while saying: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (CCC 1284).

 

Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. (John 3:5)

 

 

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