Baptism

About baptizing your baby…
“No one can enter the kingdom of god without being born of water and spirit.” John 3:5

Baptism is the FOUNDATION of our life in Christ. It is the sacrament that brings a person into the church community.
This will answer some of “how” to go about arranging for the baptism of your baby.

What do I have to do to baptize my baby at St. Thomas the Apostle?
Generally you need to be a participating member of the parish community of St. Thomas the Apostle or live within our parish’s geographical boundaries (please call the office for address verification). When this is established you may come to our rectory office any weekday between 8:00am and 4:00pm to complete the baptismal request form and provide us with a copy of the child’s birth certificate. The office staff will assist you with any questions or call 305-665-5600.

What happens next?
When you complete the baptismal request form, you will be asked to select a date on which the parents and godparents of the child will be able to attend a two-hour pre-Baptismal preparation course. These courses are offered once a month in English and in Spanish. Please call the office staff for the dates of these courses.

For the good of the church
As an expression of your gratitude to God for the gift of life of your child, and the well-being of the church, you are asked to make a contribution in an envelope which should be turned in with the baptismal request form. The contribution and requirements for a baptism of a child or children of one family only (individual baptism) are different, please call the office for more information.

When do baptisms take place?
Community baptisms at St. Thomas the Apostle take place on Saturdays, at 1:00pm.
Individual Baptisms are on Saturdays at 10:00am, 11:00am & Noon (please call for requirements).

What about godparents?
According to Canon Law # 872; 873; 874:
The parents of the child may NOT be godparents for their child’s baptism.
At least one godparent must be a member of the Catholic Church.
He/she must be at least sixteen (16) years old and fully initiated into the Catholic Church, having received Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation. If married, he or she must have been married in the Catholic Church.
He/she must live a life of active faith in the Catholic Church.

The community of St. Thomas the Apostle rejoices with you in this blessed event. We welcome the opportunity to share in a very important time in the life of your family.

“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.” Matthew 28:19