Baptism

BAPTISM GUIDE (ENGLISH)

VER EN ESPAÑOL

Immaculate Heart of Mary
7539 Avenue K Houston, Texas 77012
Office: 713-923-2394 Fax: 713-923-6497
E-mail: ihmhouston@hotmail.com

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PARENTS

  • Parents must be registered parishioners of Immaculate Heart of Mary or live within the parish boundaries. Families not registered here are encouraged to baptize at the church within their boundaries unless permission from their church is granted to baptize here.
     
  • Parents expecting a baby are encouraged to attend the pre-baptism classes during the 3rd trimester of the pregnancy. Attending the pre-baptism classes at this time will aide you in making a very important decision when selecting the sponsors for your newborn.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SPONSORS 

The sponsors must meet the following requirements:

  • “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each.” CCL, #873
     
  • A suitable sponsor (commonly referred to as a godparent) is to be chosen following the norms of the Code of Canon Law. To be admitted to the role of sponsor, a person must:
  1. be designated by the one to be baptized, by the parents or the one who takes their place or in their absence, and have the aptitude and intention of fulfilling this function;
  2. have completed the sixteenth year of age, unless it seems to the pastor or minister that an exception is to be made for a just cause;
  3. be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has already received the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist and leads a life of faith;
  4. not be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared (one who is in an irregular marriage cannot be a sponsor)
  5. not be a father or the mother of the one to be baptized.
  6. The sponsors, if a couple, must be married by the Catholic Church. Sponsors do not need to provide the certificate of marriage.
  • If the parents choose to have only one sponsor, “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” CCL, #874. Two persons of the same sex cannot be the sponsors (male/male or female/female).
     
  • Only one set of sponsors is allowed. A baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic community is not to participate except together with a Catholic sponsor and then only as a witness of the baptism. The name of the witness will not be recorded in the baptismal register or on the baptismal certificate.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CHILD TO BE BAPTIZED
(Infant through 6 years old)

  • The child’s original birth certificate must be provided on the day of baptism registration. If the original birth certificate is not provided at this time, you will not be allowed to register. Once you have provided all the information needed to register, you will be allowed to complete the baptism registration.

       Note:  Only the original birth certificate issued by the city will be accepted, no photocopies. 
       A hospital certificate (with baby footprints) is not acceptable.

  • The age of the child must be from infancy up to six (6) years of age.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CHILD TO BE BAPTIZED
(CCE Students)

  • Children seven (7) and older must be registered in Faith Formation classes (CCE). The child must attend the classes to be prepared to celebrate the sacrament of Baptism. CCE registrations are held during the months of June and July late registrations in August.

       Contact the CCE Department at 713-921-5431 for more information.

  • The parents and godparents are required to attend pre-baptism classes. Contact the CCE office for more information.

PRE-BAPTISM CLASSES AND BAPTISM REGISTRATION
(Registration and Class Dates available in Parish Office)

  • If the parents or sponsors have already attended the pre-baptismal classes, they must provide proof of attendance from the church where the classes were taken.  It must be the original certificate or letter, no photocopies.  Proof must be submitted to IHM on the day of baptism registration.  If the parents or sponsors are unable to provide the certificate or letter of completion, they must attend the classes provided by IHM or at another Catholic church. No exceptions.
     
  • Parents and Sponsors must bring their bible to the pre-baptism classes. 
     
  • Parents and Sponsors are required to attend both pre-baptism classes. If only one class is taken, and you missed the second one, it is up to you to make up it up. You will have to re-register to attend another class. A baptism certificate will not be issued until ALL REQUIREMENTS HAVE BEEN MEET.
     
  • If the parents or  sponsors are attending the pre-baptism classes at another parish, proof of completion must be submitted at the time of baptism registration.

Please note that if you are attending baptism classes at another Church and would like to baptize here at IHM you need to have proof of attendance that you have already taken the class elsewhere before registering for baptism.

DO NOT BRING CHILDREN TO THE BAPTISMAL CLASSES

BAPTISM DAY

Spanish baptisms are celebrated on the first Saturday of the month at 5:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted on the calendar (available at Parish Office).

English baptisms are celebrated on the first Sunday of the month. Unless otherwise noted on the calendar (available at Parish Office).

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • There are no scheduled baptisms in English or Spanish during Advent or Lenten seasons.
     
  • No private baptisms are permitted.
     
  • Baptism certificates will be issued to the parents after the baptism. Please see the baptism coordinator before you leave. If you do not pick up your certificate after the mass come by the office during normal business hours to pick it up. Certificates are not mailed.
     
  • Provide the names of the sponsors as they are to appear on the baptism certificate.
     
  • No chewing gum is allowed in the church. Please discard in the trashcans located outside of the church building.
     
  • Please be respectful and turn off all devices when entering the Church. If it is necessary to have your device on, please put it on silent mode. It is very disrespectful to have a cell phone sound off during the mass.

Registration for Pre-Baptism Classes & Baptism

  1. Bring the ORIGINAL birth certificate
     
  2. A donation of $50 will be collected at time of registration
     
  3. Original poof of pre-baptism classes (certificate or letter of completion) from both parent(s) and sponsor(s). If unable to provide proof, they must attend the classes provided at IHM or at another catholic church. No exceptions.
     
  4. Baptisms are not celebrated during Advent and Lenten seasons.
     
  5. Registration will NOT be accepted on the day of classes.
     
  6. NO children are allowed to attend the classes, only parents & sponsors.

These guidelines are set for you to have a memorable ceremony not to make life complicated. Congratulations and may you have a beautiful and unforgettable baptism celebration!

IHM has the right to change part or all of its baptism policy without making a public announcement.
Revised June 2018.

                
Parish Office Hours:  Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(Closed 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

For more information contact:
ihmhouston@hotmail.com   Office: 713-923-2394


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Immaculate Heart of Mary
7539 Avenue K  Houston, Texas 77012
Oficina: 713-923-2394  Fax: 713-923-6497
E-mail: ihmhouston@hotmail.com

REQUISITOS PARA LOS PADRES

  • Los padres deben ser feligreses registrados de Inmaculado Corazón de María o vivir dentro de los límites de la parroquia. Las familias que no están registradas aquí son alentadas a bautizar en la iglesia dentro de sus límites a menos que se otorgue el permiso de su iglesia para bautizar aquí.
     
  • Se alienta a que los padres que esperan a un bebé asistan a las clases pre-bautismales durante el 3er trimestre del embarazo. Al asistir las clases durante este tiempo usted se prepara para bautizar a su bebe en cuanto nazca.

REQUISITOS PARA LOS PADRINOS

Los padrinos tienen que satisfacer los siguientes requisitos:

  • “Habra un solo padrino o madrina o uno de cada uno” CDC #873.
     
  • Se debe seleccionar un padrino adecuando siguiendo las Normas del Código de Derecho Canónico. Para ser admitido como padrino, la persona debe:
  1. Ser designado por el que se va a bautizar, por los padres o por quienes ocupan su lugar o, en su ausencia, por el pastor o ministro y tener la aptitude e intención de desempeñar esta función;
  2. Haber completado los dieciséis años de edad, a menos que el pastor o el ministro consideren que se debe hacer una excepción por justa causa;
  3. Ser Católico que ha sido confirmado y ha recibido el santísimo sacramento de la Eucaristía y lleva una vida de fe pertinente a la función que va a desembrar;
  4. No ester atado a ninguna penalidad canónica legitima mente impuesta o declarada; (e.g. uno que está en un matrimonio irregular no puede ser padrino);
  5. No ser el padre o la madre del que se va a bautizar
  • Habra un solo padrino o madrina o uno de cada un, no se permite dos personas del mismo sexo para padrino/madrina (hombre/hombre o mujer/mujer).
     
  • Una persona bautizada que pertenece a una comunidad ecclesial no católica no debe participar excepto junto con un padrino Católico y solo como un testigo del bautismo

REQUISITOS PARA EL NIÑO QUE SE VA BAUTIZAR
(Bebé hasta 6 Años de edad)

  • Se tiene que entregar la acta original de nacimiento el dia de registrarse para el bautismo.  Si la acta no se entrega, el bautismo sera pospuesto hasta que se entregue la acta en la oficina parroquial. Si se le pasa el mes que desean bautisar, el bautismo será el mes que sigue, no se incluye los meses de  Adviento y Cuaresma.

       Nota:  Solamente se acepta la acta original dado por la ciudad, no se permite copia.
       El certificado del hospital (con los piesitos) no se permite. IHM hace la copia de la acta de nacimiento.

  • El niño para bautizar tiene que ser bebé o no mayor de seis y (6) años de edad.

REQUISITOS PARA EL NIÑO QUE SE VA BAUTIZAR
(Estudiante del Doctrina)

  • Niños de siete (7) años o mas de edad, tienen que estar en el programa de catecismo. El niño sera preparado durante dos años en el programa de catecismo para celebrar el sacramento de Bautismo. Registraciones son durante los meses de Junio y Julio. No se permite registrarse tarde.

       Pongase en contacto con el Departamento de la Doctrina al 713-921-5431.

  • Se requiere que los padres y padrinos asistan a las platicas pre-bautismales.

PLATICAS PRE-BAUTISMALES Y REGISTRACIÓN DEL BAUTISMO
(Las fechas de inscripcion y clases estan disponibles en la Oficina Parroquial)

  • Si los padres o padrinos han tomado las platicas pre-bautismales, tienen que obtener un comprobante de clases de la oficina de la iglesia donde tomaron las clases. Solamente se acepta el certificado o carta original, no se permite copias. Este comprobante debe ser presentado el día que se registre para el bautismo. Si los padres o padrinos no entregan un comprobante, tendrán que tomar las pláticas que ofrece ICM o tomarlas en otra iglesia católica. No hay excepciones.
     
  • Padres y padrinos traigan sus biblias a las platicas pre-bautismales.
     
  • Se requiere que los padres y los padrinos asistan a las dos clases pre-bautismales. Si pierde una de las clases tendrá que registrarse para tomar otra clase bautismo aquí o en otra iglesia. No se otorgara un certificado de bautismo hasta que cumpla con todos los requisitos.

Si los padres o padrinos están atendiendo las clases pre-bautismal en otra parroquia, prueba que asistieron las platicas se debe someter cuado se inscriban.

          FAVOR DE NO TRAER NIÑOS A LAS CLASES PRE-BAUTISMALES

DIA DEL BAUTISMO

El dia del bautismo en Español es el primer Domingo del mes a las 5:30 p.m. o otra fecha diferente si esta notado, consulte el calendario en la Oficina Parroquial.

El dia del bautismo en Ingles es el primero Domingo del mes. O otra fecha diferente si esta notado, consulte el calendario en la Oficina Parroquial.

INFORMACIÓN UTIL

  • No hay bautismos en Adviento y Cuaresma.
     
  • No se permite bautismos privados.
     
  • Se entrega el certificado de bautismo después del bautismo. Pase con la coordinadora después de la misa. Si no recoge su certificado después de la misa pase a la oficina durante el horario de oficina para recogerlo. Los certificados no se envían por correo.
     
  • Proveer los nombres de los padrinos exactamente como debe aparecer en el certificado de bautismo.
     
  • No se permite masticar chicle dentro de la iglesia. Favor de tirar la goma de masticar dentro de los botes de basura ubicados afuera de la iglesia. Esta regla se aplica a todos, incluyendo los padres, padrinos e invitados.
     
  • No se permiten teléfonos celulares. Si es necessario llevarlo prendido, favor de ponerlo en vibración o simplemente apagarlo completamente. Es una falta de respeto cuando el aparato suena dentro de la iglesia, especialmente durante la misa.

Registracion para Clases Pre-Baustismo y para Bautismo

  1. Traer el acta de nacimiento ORIGINAL.
     
  2. Una donación de $50.00 se colecta al tiempo de inscribirse.
     
  3. Comprobante original de que han tomado las clases pre-bautismales en otra parroquia para los padres y padrinos. Si no tienen comprobante tiene que asistir las clases en IHM o en otra parroquia. No hay excepciones.

  4. No Hay Bautismos durante Adviento (Diciembre) y Cuaresma.
     
  5. No se permite registrase el día de la platica.
     
  6. No se permiten niños en las clases, solamente padres y padrinos.

Hay muchas pautas. Estas pautas no existen para complicarle la vida. Al contrario, existen para que tenga una ceremonia de bautismo agradable. Felicidades y que tenga una celebración muy bonita e inolvidable.

IHM reserva el derecho a cambiar todo o parte de lo requisitos del bautismo sin hacer anuncio publico.
Revisado Junio 2018


Horario de la Oficina Parroquial: Lunes - Viernes, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(Cerrado 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Para mas información
ihmhouston@gmail.com Oficina: 713-923-2394

 

 

 

 

Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. (John 3:5)

 

The sacrament of baptism ushers us into the divine life, cleanses us from sin, and initiates us as members of the Christian community. It is the foundation for the sacramental life.

At baptism, the presider prays over the water:

Father, look now with love upon your Church, and unseal for her the fountain of baptism. By the power of the Holy Spirit give to this water the grace of your Son, so that in the sacrament of baptism all those whom you have created in your likeness may be cleansed from sin and rise to a new birth of innocence by water and the Holy Spirit. (Christian Initiation of Adults, #222A)

Freed from Sin

Baptism frees us from the bondage of original and actual sin. Water is poured in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Today, the sacrament of baptism is often performed on infants, shortly after birth. Adult baptisms take place at the Easter Vigil through the restored Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Adults or children who have been baptized in a valid Christian church are not baptized again in the Catholic church. As we say in the Nicene Creed, “I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins…”

The Catechism teaches:
"The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ" (CCC 1279).

Baptismal Symbols

  • Water – The waters of baptism recall Jesus’ own baptism by John the Baptist in the river Jordan. Water is a symbol of cleansing and renewal as we begin a new life in Christ. We are washed clean of sin.
  • Oil – At baptism we are anointed into the life of Christ as “priest, prophet and king.” A cross is traced on the candidate’s forehead as a reminder that we are inheritors of the Kingdom of God.
  • Light – The baptismal candle is lit from the Paschal or Easter candle that stands in the church as a sign of Christ’s light in the world. At baptism, we receive the light of Christ and are called forth to share this light with the world.
  • White garment – The white garment that is placed upon us at baptism is a symbol of Christ’s victory over death and his glorious resurrection. Likewise, the white garment or pall that is placed over the coffin at the time of death recalls our baptismal promises and reminds us that we are destined for eternal life.

While in ordinary circumstances, sacraments in the Catholic Church are administered validly by a member of the ordained clergy, in an emergency situation, the sacrament of baptism can be administered by anyone.

In case of necessity, any person can baptize provided that he have the intention of doing that which the Church does and provided that he pour water on the candidates head while saying: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (CCC 128