Baptism

“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. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

-Matthew 28:19-20

This sacrament is the door of the Church of Christ and the entrance into a new life. We are reborn from the state of slaves of sin into the freedom of the Sons of God. Baptism incorporates us with Christ’s mystical body and makes us partakers of all the privileges flowing, from the redemptive act of the Church’s Divine Founder.

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.” -CCC 1213

Here at San Martin De Porres, the Baptisms are normally held the Second Sunday of each month immediately following the 12:30 pm Mass. If you do not attend the Mass, please keep in mind that you much be at the church by 1:30 pm.

Baptismal Classes are held the first and second Wednesday of the month at 7 pm in CCD rooms 1 & 2. Please keep in mind that BOTH classes must be attended in order to receive the certificate. There is no cost for the class nor need to register ahead of time.

If your child is younger than the age of seven and you wish to baptize here at San Martin De Porres the following requirements are needed, for children over the age of seven needing Baptism please visit or call the CCD office at 956-725-2440.

Parents:

  1. Birth Certificate of child/children being Baptized. An official State Birth Certificate is required in order to register your child/children for Baptism. No other forms of certificates will be accepted, no hospital certificates will be accepted.
  2. Baptism Class Certificate: Classes as mentioned above. If you are not able to attend our baptismal classes it is your responsibility to call other parishes and get information.
  3. Letter of Permission from Parish. A letter of permission is required if you are not an active registered parishioner or do not live within the boundaries of San Martin. Please visit the parish that is within your boundaries and request a letter of permission.
  4. Baptismal Fee. $25 fee for parents who are active registered parishioners and have been registered in this parish for six months or more. $50 for non-active registered parents. Baptismal Candle will be provided by the parish for each child being baptized.

Godparents: There may be one godfather, and/or one godmother.

  1. Sacramental Certificates. Godparents must present a copy of their Baptism, First Holy Communion, Confirmation, and Marriage (If married they must be married through the Catholic Church)
  2. Baptism Class Certificate: Classes as mentioned above. If you are not able to attend our baptismal classes it is your responsibility to call other parishes and get information.
  3. Letter of Permission from Parish. A letter of permission is required if you are not an active registered parishioner or do not live within the boundaries of San Martin. Please visit the parish that is within your boundaries and request a letter of permission.

All paperwork and documentation must be turned in together. Deadline to submit is no later than the Friday before baptism by 3 pm. Any paperwork after that time will have the baptism scheduled for the following month.