Baptism/ Bautizos

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).

 

The Sacrament of Baptism 

Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.
Catechism of the Catholic Church 1213 

Satisfactory completion of two Baptism preparation classes is required for parents and Godparents of infants and young children. These classes are offered every odd-number months in English and Spanish.

Contact the parish office to register for Baptism preparation classes.  Please do not bring children to class.

For more information, contact: Annette Medellin
Phone: 713-675-5333
Email: amedellin@rcchouston.org 


English Instructor, Fausto Nolasco
2018: July 9 & 16           
6:15 pm
2nd floor in the administration building

Spanish Instructor, Fausto Nolasco                    
2018: Julio 12 & 19 
6:15 pm 
2nd floor in the administration building 

 

Batism Forms 

Formulario de Informacion Bautismal 

Sponsor Forms-Formulario para los Padrinos


BAUTIZOS DE INFANTES--

NACIMIENTO HASTA 6 AÑOS

 

El Sacramento del Bautismo

El Santo Bautismo es el fundamento de toda la vida cristiana, el pórtico de la vida en el espíritu y la puerta que abre el acceso a los otros sacramentos. Por el Bautismo somos liberados del pecado y regenerados como hijos de Dios; llegamos a ser miembros de Cristo y somos incorporados a la Iglesia y hechos partícipes de su misión: El bautismo es el sacramento del nuevo nacimiento por el agua y la palabra.
Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica 1213

La terminación satisfactoria de dos clases preparativas de Bautismo es requerido para los padres y padrinos de infantes y niños pequeños.  Estas clases son ofrecidas cada mes de número impar en inglés y en español.

Favor de registrarse para las clases preparativos de Bautismo en la oficina de la parroquia.  Se les pide no traer a los niños a las clases. 

Para más información, contacta: Annette Medellin
Teléfono: 713-675-5333
Email: amedellin@rcchouston.org 

Instructor (Inglés), Fausto Nolasco
2018: March 5 & 12           
6:15 pm
2do Piso en el edificio administrativo

Instructor (Español), Fausto Nolasco                    
2018: Marzo 1 & 8
6:15 pm
2do  Piso en el edificio administrativo