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.

 

 

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.

 

Requirements for Godparents:

* Pre-Baptismeal Class ($20.00 per person. If the Sacrament is being held in our Parish, the class is free. Classes are given once a month at St. Raymonds)

*Must be at least 16 years of age and have the sacraments of Baptism, Communion and Confirmation. If married, they must be married by the Catholic Church.

Requirements for Parents:

* Pre-Baptismal Class ($20.00 per person. If the Sacrament is being held in our Parish, the class is free. Classes are given once a month at St. Raymonds)

* Copy of child's birth certificate

*Permission letter, if needed

Stipends:

$75.00 if you are a registered and active participating parishioner

$100.00 Non-Parishioner

Baptisms are held once a month at ST. Raymonds. If you would like to have your child's baptism at St. Raymonds, please call 562-923-4509 ext. 1105.

 

 

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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