Parents of children to be baptized should contact the parish office three months in advance to schedule a Baptismal Preparation Class for first time parents and godparents, as well as selecting an available date for the Baptism.
Baptisms are usually celebrated on Sundays during the celebration of Mass.
Occasionally Baptisms outside the context of Mass will be offered on a Saturday by a Deacon.
Adults and children over the age of 7 are baptized after completing the stages of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children. One year of preparation is required.
Please contact DRE at 561-832-3757 ext. 304 for more details.
Excerpt from The Vatican’s “Catechism of the Catholic Church” on Baptism
Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), 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.”
This sacrament is called Baptism, after the central rite by which it is carried out: to baptize (Greek baptizein) means to “plunge” or “immerse”; the “plunge” into the water symbolizes the catechumen’s burial into Christ’s death, from which he rises up by resurrection with him, as “a new creature.”This sacrament is also called “the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit,” for it signifies and actually brings about the birth of water and the Spirit without which no one “can enter the kingdom of God.”