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).


Baptism

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. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age."
  Matthew 28:19-20
 

Congratulations and blessings on your new baby!
We look forward to celebrating your child's Baptism.

Ceremony:

Due to COVID restricitions, Baptisms will be celebrated on Sundays at 11:00 AM (subject to change if there is a major liturgical celebration such as Easter or Passion Palm Sunday.). The ceremony is for a single child with no more than 10 attendees, which includes parents and godparents. The ceremony will take place under our outdoor tent and will last about 45 minutes.

 

Please contact the Parish Office for more information on Baptisms

and to schedule your date:

(818) 888-8200.

(Ceremony section was revised on September 30, 2020)

 

Godparents:

Church Law requires at least one godparent who is a practicing Catholic (i.e., received Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, and if married, married in the Church). Most people choose two.

Preparation:

Parents and Godparents are required to attend a baptism preparation class.

 

Currently, we are offering the Baptism Preparation online via the Los Angeles Archdiocese.  Click onto the following link:

 

http://lacatholics.org\baptism

 

Once our parish normal activities resume, it can be done in any parish. If the class has been taken within the last 3 years, it is not required to take it again. Our preparation class is held on the 1st Thursday of the month at 7:30pm.  Either parent should call Parish Center, 818-888-8200, for a phone interview with one of our priests, AFTER they have taken the class.  Copy of child's birth certificate and parents/godparents baptism class certification(if not take at St. Bernardine), need to be delivered to Parish Center PRIOR to date of scheduled baptism.

 

Age:

Once a child turns 6, it is necessary they attend Faith Formation classes.

Baptism of adults are done during the Easter Vigil, after participation in the RCIA program.

 

Donations:

A donation to the Church is customary, but not a requirement. Commonly, people give an average of $25 to $100.

 

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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