Father Ronilo Villamor, Pastor
Father Domingo Cruz, In-residence
12911 East Main Street
P.O. Box 10
Larose, LA 70373
WHAT IS BAPTISM?
Baptism is the first sacrament of "Initiation" by which Christ gathers to himself disciples who will become members of God's faith community. The sacrament of Baptism is so named after the central rite by which it is carried out. This is the sacrament in which, by pouring water upon a person or immersing a person in water with the use of the words "I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," The one being born through baptism is cleansed of Original Sin. This sacrament actually brings about a new birth of water and the Spirit by which we become children of God. The baptized person is then incorporated into Christ and made a member of His Body, the church. Baptism is God's most beautiful and magnificent gift which is given to us as Catholics.
Parents who are seeking Baptism for their children are asking that their son/daughter be, initiated into the Catholic Community and the local Church community of Our Lady of the Rosary. The Church baptizes infants/children on the faith of the parents. The ideal is that parents have a deep faith, which they actively live out in the experience of the Catholic Church Community.
Children's faith is learned from their parents. To assist parents in living out the above ideal, the Church community of Our Lady of the Rosary has adopted the following guidelines for infant Baptisms. (We consider children from birth through the age of seven to be infants.)
INSTRUCTIONS FOR PARENTS
Baptisms are normally held at 11:30 a.m. (after 10 am Sunday Mass) in Church on the Second Sunday of the month. To assist parents in preparing for the baptism of their child, Our Lady of the Rosary offers a Baptism seminar. We ask that parents and Godparents attend this seminar or provide a written statement from the Catholic Church where the classes were taken. If parents and Godparents have attended a seminar within the last four years, we do not request that they repeat it.
Provide the child's birth certificate; a copy will be made in the Church Office and the original will be returned to you.
If the parents are not married, they must provide proof of paternity for the father's name to be on the certificate and in the record. The church requires a copy of the paternity papers provided by the hospital.
If you are registered at another parish, a letter of permission is requested from that parish to have your child baptized at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church.
All paperwork must be turned in at least one month before Baptism takes place.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR GODPARENTS
Godparents must meet Canon Law requirements:
1. Be a Catholic.
2. Be a practicing Catholic. This means, a Catholic person who is in an invalid marriage (not in a Catholic Church marriage) cannot be a godparent. A cohabiting Catholic person who is not married, (living with someone) cannot be a godparent.
3. Be sixteen (16) years of age or older.
4. Must be a confirmed Catholic.
5. A baptized non Catholic may stand as a witness, along with a confirmed Catholic.
If married, the godparent needs to be in a valid marriage in the Catholic Church. This can be proved with an updated copy of the person's Baptismal certificate (which can be obtained at the church of their Baptism); the godparents are asked to provide this document to the Parish Office. In order to prepare for the celebration of this sacrament, the godparents must attend the Baptism seminar.
Baptism seminars are held in the Saltillo Room at 7:00 PM on the last Thursday of the month. Both parents and both godparents are required to attend the seminar. If the seminar is attended at another parish, a letter stating that a seminar was completed is requested.
If the parents have attended a Baptism seminar within the last four years, we do not require them to repeat it, however, we will verify this information.
It is important that all the documents be provided and the seminar be completed at least one month prior to the Baptism.
Documents needed from parents and sponsors. (Click on links)
2. Updated Baptism Record (which can be obtained from the godparent’s church of Baptism)
By Baptism we become members of the Church, the Body of Christ.
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