“We believe in one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins” –Nicene Creed (381 AD)
The Sacrament of Baptism, instituted by Christ, is our participation in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus (Romans 6:3-4). In the waters of baptism, we receive the very life of God lost to us with Original Sin. In short, we are cleansed from the stain of that Original Sin, our sins are forgiven, we are made adopted sons and daughters of God, we become members of Christ, we are incorporated into the Church and Her mission, and we receive charisms (or spiritual gifts) for the sake of our participation in that mission. Thus, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church says: Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other Sacraments (CCC 1213).
Infant Baptisms in English take place on the 1st three Sunday of each month at 3:15 p.m., every Sunday in Polish 2:30 pm, and in Spanish each Last Sunday of the month at 3:15 pm. To register your child for Baptism, please stop at the parish office with his/her original birth certificate.
Baptisms for infants are not scheduled on Christmas Day, Easter Sunday, Divine Mercy Sunday and Corpus Christi.
There can be at most two Godparents. It is possible to have your baby baptized with one Godparent. This Godparent may either be a man or a woman. Typically there are two Godparents, one must be a man and the other a woman. At least one of the Godparents must be at least 16 years old, and have received all the Sacraments of Initiation, including Confirmation.
A required pre-Baptismal class for the parents, is held on the last Thursday of each month (some exceptions are noted on the parish calendar) at 7:00 pm. Registration is required for the class. If it has been less than two years since you last attended a pre-Baptismal class, you do not need to attend. Please do not schedule parties, reception halls until your date has been confirmed.
Baptismal Preparation Class in English is held the last Thursday of every month at 7:00 PM in the Administrative Building, last Monday of every month at 7:00 PM and in Spanish first Sunday of every month at 9:00 AM at St. Theresa Room, 800 S. Linder Ave. In order to have your child baptized at St. Albert the Great Parish parents must attend one of the Baptismal Preparation Class prior to the Baptism. This class is only required for first-time parents, but encouraged for any who would like to attend.
By Baptism we become members of the Church, the Body of Christ.
The origin and foundation of Christian Baptism is Jesus. Before starting his public ministry, Jesus submitted himself to the baptism given by John the Baptist. The waters did not purify him; he cleansed the waters. . . . Jesus did not need to be baptized because he was totally faithful to the will of his Father and free from sin. However, he wanted to show his solidarity with human beings in order to reconcile them to the Father. By commanding his disciples to baptize all nations, he established the means by which people would die to sin – Original and actual – and begin to live a new life with God.
In Baptism, the Holy Spirit moves us to answer Christ’s call to holiness. In Baptism, we are asked to walk by the light of Christ and to trust in his wisdom. We are invited to submit our hearts to Christ with ever deeper love.
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