For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church's way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.
We ask that the gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it
would last throughout life. (Rachel Carson)
If you have a child you would like to have baptized at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, please contact Elizabeth Hanks in the Parish office, (206) 242-4575, ext. 25, or by email email@example.com to sign up to attend a class and schedule a date for your child’s baptism. We do not have Baptisms during Lent and Advent. Baptisms are celebrated at scheduled weekend Masses so that we can welcome our newly baptized members into the community of St. Francis. If you enjoy meeting new people and love children and babies, please prayerfully consider being part of the Baptism Team. Baptism Team members come to the rehearsal and Anointing the weekend we have scheduled Baptisms, direct the families and assist the priest during the Mass. Please contact Elizabeth for more details.
Pre-Baptism Classes and Baptism Dates
We congratulate and welcome our newly baptized and his family
Rowan Liam Cuison Baranda, son of Jorel Baranda and Spencer Cuison-Baranda, baptized on Saturday, April 22nd at the 5:00 PM Mass.
Our next Pre-Baptism Class will be offered on Wednesday, May 3rd at 6:30 PM in the Parish Hall. For more information on having your child baptized contact Elizabeth in the Parish Office, extension 25.
Our Baptisms for May are Saturday, May 20th and Sunday, May 21st. For more information about Baptisms at St. Francis of Assisi Parish and to sign up, contact Elizabeth in the Parish office or by email.
In the Christian tradition, the cross symbolizes both death and victory, so for parents and
godparents to thus mark their children at the beginning of the baptism rite it says, “you are
not only mine. You belong to Christ.” We know that “only by way of the cross does this child’s destiny include the glory of resurrection.
Immersion by Paul Turner
Baptism in the Catholic Church may be administered either by immersion or pouring. The two options are always listed in that order, indicating a preference for baptism by immersion, even though pouring is more commonly practiced. Christian Initiation: General Introduction says, “As the rite for baptizing, either immersion, which is more suitable as a symbol of participation in the death and resurrection of Christ, or pouring may lawfully be used” (22). The Catechism of the Catholic Church says, “Baptism is performed in the most expressive way by triple immersion in the baptismal water” (1239). The National Statutes for the Catechumenate approved by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in 1986 say, “Baptism by immersion is the fuller and more expressive sign of the sacrament and, therefore, is preferred. . . . Provision should be made for its more frequent use in the baptism of adults” (17).
For many centuries, Catholic churches were equipped with baptismal fonts suitable for pouring water three times over the head of an infant. Since the Second Vatican Council, many parishes have erected larger fonts for the immersion of infants and adults.
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