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Sacrament of Baptism

Baptismal Preparation Sessions for all children under the age of six

Baptizing a child over the age of six

Saints Names - Boys

Saints Names - Girls

Sacrament of Baptism

To begin preparation, please call Parish Office -- ph. 530-885-2956

Thank you for inquiring about the celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism for your child. In the most precious gift God gives us, our children, and accepting the responsibility to teach them all they will need to live well in this kingdom here on earth, and the Kingdom that is to come, yours is the most critical of joys and duty. As God’s People, the Body of Christ, the Catholic Church teaches each of us may be the sacrament of Our Lord in the life we live, and that is why we each have a fundamental relationship with one another as we celebrate our faith all the days of our lives.

Following is information about Baptism. In it, some aspects of the sacrament are outlined for your consideration and reflection, along with these reflection questions: are you practicing your own faith; what is your relationship with our parish; are you committed to being not only the first “teachers” of the faith, but faith’s best examples; are you going to commit to rearing your children in the practice of the faith so they may have the experience of Christ’s Presence, and so be able to choose living as a Catholic Christian, or not; are you willing to support your brothers and sisters (your fellow parishioners) by your own gifts of time, talent and treasure, so our parish may be all that it may be; etc., etc.

Please give consideration to these reflection questions. One of our priests, deacons, or deacons’ wives, will be making contact with you to discuss further our preparation process (a process which involves this aforementioned discussion with one of our ministers, but also an invitation to participate in two evenings in the home of one of your fellow parishioners).

In the hope and prayer each and everyone of us will be the best disciples of the Lord, please know our parish is here to serve you in anyway we may. We need you!

Respectfully yours, in His Name and service,
Fr. Peter J. Bosque Parochial Administrator

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Baptismal Preparation Sessions for all children under the age of six

Our parish community extends to you a warm and loving welcome as you prepare for the celebration of Sacrament of Baptism. We welcome you, your family, and most especially your child, as we walk the journey of faith together. Our Church teaches that parents are the primary educators of the faith, and critical to its transmission. This is why the parents must be believers ready and willing to help their own children, and all Christians, in the witness of the faith as the grace of Baptism unfolds in our lives.

The preparation sessions are held in the homes of your fellow parishioners twice a month. The opportunity to experience the domestic church in our homes helps parents to understand their mission to carry Christ into the world: As the Gospel says: Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father, but through me…” and “ Truly, I say to you, the one who believes in me will do the works that I do…” (Gospel of John)

Our Baptism preparation process seeks to deepen your faith to be ever more faithful to these gospel words in and through the Catholic faith which we share and celebrate in all our Sacraments.

Session (1) Video on the meaning and history of Baptism. Talk about faith commitment in group discussion.

Session (2) Video of baptism at St. Teresa. Discussion on the practical ways of living our Catholic faith.

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Baptizing a child over the age of six.

The baptism of children over the age of six poses several questions which ought to be explored with the family: exploring the unique circumstances which would explain why baptism was not celebrated earlier; learn why the family feels the child is now ready; and to help the child to begin to appreciate the meaning of baptism, and the sense of belonging to a family/community larger than yourself, the preparation and celebration of the child will involve discussions on many particular issues depending on the life and intentions of the child and family. Please talk with one of the priests, deacons or Mrs. Dent.

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