Baptism

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

Infant Baptism

Congratulations! We are happy with you at the birth of your child and would like to welcome your new baby. A new life born into the human family should always be a joyful and happy event, and it is an event that changes the lives of people and of the world because this new life, we hope and expect, is to make this world a better place.

Our Responsibility

If the world is to become a better place because a new person has been born into it, then you as parents have a large responsibility. However, you are not alone. We, the Christian Community at Saint Martin of Tours, into which you have asked to have your child baptized shared that responsibility with you. We take that responsibility seriously, and we want to do everything possible to fulfill our responsibility. But, we need your participation. Without you we cannot do this. We believe that it is only when people come together in a spirit of love and begin to care for each other that faith really comes alive and to form the Body of Christ. Sharing in the life of this Christian community is what you have asked for your child, and we, Saint Martin of Tours community, say “yes” to welcome your child and to accept a new member into our midst. Let us together accept this responsibility for the well-being of this new member.

Qualifications for Godparents

  1. Must be practicing Catholics.
  2. Must have received the three (3) Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
  3. Must have completed their sixteenth (16) year and cannot be the father or mother of the one receiving the Sacrament.
  4. For Baptism, two sponsors are suggested: one of each sex; however, only one sponsor is required.

 

Qualification for Christian Witness

A Christian of another tradition may substitute as a Christian Witness for a Catholic Godparent if he/she is a member of a Christian Church and worships regularly.

Policy

  1. Baptisms are scheduled on Saturdays between 10 am – 1 pm.  
  2. Baptism is done individually.
  3. Please call the Rectory to schedule the baptism.

 

Contact

For further information, please contact Sonia Gudelman by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (310) 476-7403.

Files:

Baptismal Registration Form (Online)
Baptismal Registration Form
 (PDF)
Understanding Baptism

Other Baptism Links

For those who are interested in becoming Catholic, Baptism is also part of the Catholic Rite of Christian Adult Initiation, which is also known as RCIA.

 

 

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