Baptism

Baptism is the first sacrament of initiation into our Catholic faith and the foundation of Christian life. In the Sacrament of Baptism we are reborn of the water and of the Holy Spirit, and we are invited to share in the mission of Jesus Christ here on Earth.

INFANT BAPTISM 
Infant Baptism corresponds to any child up to and including seven years of age.
For your child to be baptized at St. Isaac Jogues, all of the following requirements must be completed prior to the celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism.  Parents are required to attend an interview with the Baptism Coordinator and obtain the necessary information as you plan the Baptism of your child in St Isaac Jogues. To baptize a child from another parish requires written permission of the parish where the parents are registered. Arrangementsmust be made at least a month in advance with the coordinator.

To begin the baptism process or further information please call at office between Monday – Thursday 9-1:00 pm
Baptisms Dpt at 407-249-0906 Ext. 121
**** Email: baptisms@st-isaac.org****

St Isaac Jogues offers Baptisms in English and Spanish every week.
Baptism ceremonies are held on Saturdays at 9:30am.

Can I baptize my child at St. Isaac Jogues if we are not a registered member of your parish, BUT we live close?

Yes, St. Isaac Jogues does not require parents to be registered; however, it is suggested that parents participate in church assets because they are responsible for the child’s faith formation.

The decision to baptize your child in the Catholic Church is a commitment to raise your child in the Catholic faith, and you should take this seriously.

 Parents are new to the Church or come from another Church:

You should go to the Church in your area, and that will be the first option for you to prepare the baptism of your child, however if you prefer to do the baptism preparation at this Church, you will need a permission letter from your church.

How much does it cost to baptize my child at St. Isaac Jogues?

There is no charge for the Sacramental celebration. Families are encouraged to give a donation to the parish on the day of their child’s Baptism.

When should parents contact St Isaac Jogues about Baptism preparation for their child?

Our church invites parents to attend our initial information meeting as early as possible, (2 months minimum). The primary purpose of the initial session is not only to register for the Baptism preparation process, but also to determine the parents’ intention to raise the child in the Catholic faith, to know the parents relationship with the Catholic Church, and to answer any questions or concerns.

TO BEGIN THE BAPTISM PROCESS, YOU MUST CALL THE PARISH OFFICE (407-249-0906)

One of the parents is required to attend an interview with the Baptism Coordinator to obtain the necessary information as you plan the Baptism of your child. Please bring your child’s birth certificate.

We celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism every Saturday at 9:15 am, alternating every week in English or Spanish.

** THE HOURS OF THE BAPTISM OFFICE Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. at 1:00 p.m.

When choosing baptismal sponsors, it is important to know the requirements that the Catholic Church establishes in order to be a sponsor or godmother of baptism. And it is necessary to fulfill a series of criteria that ensure that the mission of the sponsors will be fulfilled, that is, to support the parents to instruct the new Christian in the faith.

What are the requirements for the Godparent?

 1. You must be at least 16 years of age.

2. You must have celebrated your Baptism, Confirmation, and First Communion.

3. The minimum of one sponsor is required. When there are two, one must be selected from each gender. No more than two sponsors are allowed.

4. You must be a Catholic who is in good standing with the Church.

5. If the godparents are married you must be married in the Catholic Church.

6. You will be required to participate in a Baptismal Preparation Class.

7. If you are not a registered member of St. Isaac Jogues you will need to bring a form or letter from the parish in which you are registered.

 Can the Godparents be a non-Catholic?

No, the Godparents (at least one of them) needs to be a practicing Catholic. Otherwise the person will be acting as a witness for the Sacrament of Baptism.

Baptismal Class preparation.

Parents and Godparents are required to attend a Baptismal Preparation Class. If they are unable to attend the class at St. Isaac’s, you may attend a class offered by any another parish. A letter/certificate confirming attendance must be submitted to St. Isaac Jogues.

Why are the Baptismal preparation classes necessary?

The baptismal class preparation helps parents and Godparents understand the commitment and responsibility of raising a child in the Catholic Faith. Also, it helps them understand more about the Sacrament of Baptism. In each class you learn something different about our faith and how we experience it. If you recently attended a baptism preparation class, here, there is no need to assist to another one. They are good for 2 years.

Remember that the cornerstone of the Baptism process is the concept that there exists a basis of hope that the child will be raised in the Catholic faith.

BAPTISM CLASS PREPARATION / PARENTS AND GODPARENTS.

Baptismal prep is necessary because the parents are requesting a sacrament for another person, so hold the responsibility that comes with the sacrament on the child’s behalf.                                                          Parents and godparents’ need to know about their faith and what their faith practices are. (Not just attending Mass, but conforming to the teachings of the Church in all areas.) Our Canon Law 868.1 n.2 notes that for a child to be baptized there must be a realistic hope that he will be brought up in the Catholic religion and have completed the necessary requirements.                                                                           The baptismal class helps understand the commitment and responsibility of parents and godparents in the growth of the child’s faith. Also, that we acquire more knowledge on the topic.        

All parents and godparents must attend baptism preparation classes prior the baptism. Before selecting Godparents, please carefully review the Godparent Information Form.

We offer Baptism Preparation Class in modular B. You don’t need to register for the class, only get the day and time of the class schedule.  Please No Kids in the class. Please call to the office to know the schedule.

Coordinator email:  baptisms@st-isaac.org

CLASS LOCATION  MODULAR B.

If you need a certificate of the class because you are going to baptize in another church please call the baptism office after the class. Please be sure to sign in when you enter the class.        

Faith Links

From the Catechism (found on Vatican.va)

From the Code of Canon Law (found on Vatican.va)

 

How You Can Help

We are always looking for volunteers to help our parish bring new members into the Catholic faith. Please contact our parish office for more information.