This sacrament is primarily called Baptism because of the central rite with which it is celebrated. To baptize means to “immerse” in water. The one who is baptized is immersed into the death of Christ and rises with him as a “new creature” (2 Corinthians 5:17). This sacrament is also called the “bath of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5); and it is called “enlightenment” because the baptized becomes “a son of light” (Ephesians 5:8). (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 252)

St. Thomas the Apostle Church – Requirements:

  1. Baptism Request Form.
  2. Child’s birth certificate.
  3. Parents and godparents must take a pre-baptism class. STA offers one time pre-baptismal classes for parents and godparents the second Saturday of each month, 9-11 am. Please contact the Religious Education Office to register for classes before the date you are going to attend. Only registered persons can attend the pre-baptismal class.
  4. Godparents must have received the sacrament of Confirmation (if single) or Catholic Marriage (if married). If he/she is not married but living as couple with someone, or married by civil law, he/she cannot be accepted as godparent.
  5. If the child’s parents do not live within the perimeters of our parish (zip codes 33143, 33155 or 33156), or are not registered parishioners of STA, should request a letter from the catholic parish close to their home address to ask permission to baptize their child here in our parish.

The date of the Baptism would be chosen at the time when you can bring us the Baptismal Request Form and the documents mentioned above.

Baptismal Request Form (English)

Baptismal Request Form (Spanish)

Communal Baptism:

  • Sundays within Mass (11:00 am English or 1:00 pm Spanish)
  • 3rd Saturday of each moth: 11:00 am English or 12:00 noon Spanish

Private Baptism:

Saturday: as per availability

Feel free to contact the Religious Education Office if you have any question: 305-665-6862 or by email

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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: Instagram/Twitter/YouTube: @CatholicMiami Facebook: /ArchdioceseofMiami Follow our hashtags: #MiamiArchNews #MiamiArchCommunications Media contact: Maria Alejandra Rivas, Media Coordinator, at (305)762-1046, or Mary Ross Agosta, Director of Communications, at (305)762-1043 Click here to view the Press Release on the ADOM website.