When We Celebrate
Baptisms are celebrated weekly (except during Lent) after the 5:30 PM Saturday mass and after the 12:30 PM Sunday mass. Baptisms may be celebrated DURING the 12:30 PM Mass on the first Sunday of ODD-numbered months and the 5:30 PM Mass on the first Saturday of EVEN-numbered months. There are no baptisms during the Lenten Season.
About the Sacrament
"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." ~16:15-16.
Since Pentecost the sacrament of Baptism has been celebrated as we understand it. The word baptism comes from the Greek baptizein which means to "plunge" or "immerse". The catechumen's immersion into the water symbolizes Christ's death from which they rise up and share in His resurrection into new life. Christ commanded his disciples to baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and he affirms the necessity for salvation. However, while God has bound salvation to the sacrament of Baptism, God is not bound to his sacraments.
Candidates for Baptism should be registered members of the Parish for at least four months before beginning preparation for the Sacrament or provide a letter from their former Parish. Please contact the Parish Office to verify your registration.
Infant Baptism Information Classes are held monthly, in english on the second Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the John Bosco Room in the lower level of the church. The class in Spanish is offered on the fourth Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.. Call the Parish Office to register for this class. If you have attended a baptism class within the last 4 years, you only need to come into the Parish Office to fill out an Information card.
Children, age 7 to the 8th grade, may need special instruction through the RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation for Children) program. More information on the RCIC process is available in the Education & Formationunder Becoming Catholic. You may get there directly by clicking here.
Adults (Rite of Christion Initiation for Adults - RCIA)
RCIA is for adults who are either: a) beginning their journey toward becoming a member of the Church, or b) has not received all the sacraments of initiation. These sacraments are: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. These are received at the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday evening. More information about RCIA is available in the Education & Formation under Becoming Catholic, or you may get there directly by clicking here.
Baptismal sponsors must be 16 years of age or older. At least one sponsor must be Catholic, and have received the Sacrament of Confirmation. If the Catholic sponsor does not belong to OLMC, a letter is needed from their parish stating that they are an active and practicing Catholic. To print a form to take to the parish of registration click here.
Taken from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition:
The meaning and grace is evident through the rite. Briefly walking through the rite, the sign of the cross marks the person who will belong to Christ and "signifies the grace of the redemption Christ won for us by his cross." The proclomation of the Word of God is to enlighten the candidates and assembly with the revealed truth. The faith response of this truth is inseparable from the sacrament. The person is annointed with the oil of catechumens to prepare them to profess the faith of the Church. The invocation over the water asks the power of the Holy Spirit be sent upon the water so that persons baptized may be born of water and Spirit. The essential rite is then performed, the immersion into the water. This is followed by a post-baptismal annointing, which announces the second annointing of Confirmation, to be administered later, to "confirm" and complete the baptismal sacrament.
The white garment symbolizes that the person baptized has "put on Christ," has risen with Christ. The candle, lit from the Easter candle, signifies that Christ has enlightened the neophyte. In him the baptized are "the light of the world."
Please call the parish office 846-3475.