The Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship is also the first of the seven sacraments in the Catholic Church.  Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church's way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.  

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.  The sacrament of baptism is often performed on infants, shortly after birth.  Adult baptisms take place at the Easter Vigil throught the restored Rite of  Christian Initiantion for Adults.  

Baptismal Symbols

     *Water - The water of baptism recall Jesus' own            

       baptism by John the Baptist in the river of 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 are reminder that we are

       inheritors of the Kingdom of God.

     *Light - The baptismal candle is a 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 while garment that is placed

       upon us at baptism is a symbol of Christ's victory over

       death and his glorious reserrection.  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.

In an emergency situation, the sacrament of baptism can be administered by anyone.  While in ordinary circumstances, sacraments in the Catholic Church are administered by a member of the ordained clergy.

Baptisms are administered on the 4th Saturday of each month after the 5 p.m. mass in English and 4th Sunday of each month after the  12:00 p.m. mass in Spanish. Parents must be registered parishioners for at least 3 months prior to the date of baptism.

Other requirements must be discussed with the Deacon, please call (210) 655.5070 Ext. 106 for more information.  Registration must be done in person along with a copy of the child's birth cetificate.

Bautismos se administran cada cuarto Sabado despues de la misa a las 5:00 p.m. en ingles y el cuarto Domingo despues de la misa en español a las 12:00 p.m..  Se requiere que los padres sean feligreses formalmente registrados con la iglesia por lo menos 3 meses antes de la fecha de bautismo.

Otros requisitos seran establecidos por el Diacono, por favor de hablar at (210) 655.5070 para mas informacion.  Registracion debe de ser en persona en la oficina.  El certificado de nacimiento debe de ser presentado en este tiempo.

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