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

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Press Release 3/2/2020: Archbishop Wenski issues guidelines to help prevent spread of coronavirus.

Miami ... (March 2, 2020) The Archdiocese of Miami offers the following guidelines parishes can employ to help prevent the spread of contagion.  The same precautions taken for the flu are also to be employed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Because we now have two confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state of Florida, the following practices are suggested.
  • Temporary suspension of the minor chalices used for the distribution of the Precious Blood.
  • Temporary suspension of the communal Sign of Peace (kissing or shaking of hands).
  • Not to hold hands during the recitation/chanting of the Our Father.
  • Temporary suspension of the greeting before Mass (if your parish has this practice).
  • Emptying the holy water fonts at the church doors.
  • Use of anti-bacterial soap by the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion before and after distribution of the Host.
  • Reminding parishioners that if they feel unwell or have flu like symptoms they are encouraged to stay home.
  • The celebrant is to use discretion if he shakes hands while greeting parishioners before or after the Mass.
As the distribution of Holy Communion involves contact with both the mouth and hands, any Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion who feels uncomfortable distributing Communion should be allowed to temporarily step down from ministry. It is still left to the discretion of the communicant how they wish to receive the Host. If circumstances should change in the coming days and weeks that require a different course of action, further information or measures will be forthcoming. The Archdiocese of Miami: www.miamiarch.org Instagram/Twitter/YouTube: @CatholicMiami Facebook: /ArchdioceseofMiami Follow our hashtags: #MiamiArchNews #MiamiArchCommunications Media contact: Maria Alejandra Rivas, Media Coordinator, at (305)762-1046 mrivas@theadom.org, or Mary Ross Agosta, Director of Communications, at (305)762-1043 mragosta@theadom.org. Click here to view the Press Release on the ADOM website.