Baptism

"Go and make disciples of all nations, Baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you."
Mt 28:19-20

Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word”. – CCC 1213

As good parents you care for the physical and emotional needs of your child, and as Christian parents you will care for the spiritual needs of your son or daughter by presenting your child for Baptism. Baptism is the foundational sacrament of Christian life and for membership in God’s Church. Jesus Christ, while on the cross, gave us Baptism from the very waters that poured from His pierced heart, and in this sacrament we see how much God truly loves us. The Sacrament of Baptism has profound and eternal effects.

When a person is Baptized he or she is:

  • Made in new creation, an adopted son or daughter of God, who has become partaker of the divine nature.  – CCC 1265
  • A member of the Body of Christ, the Church. – CCC 1267
  • Freed from the power of darkness and is brought into the realm of the freedom of the children of God. – CCC 1250
  • Able to believe in God, to hope in Him, an to love Him through the theological virtues;
    Given the power to love and act under the prompting of the Holy Spirit though the gifts of the Holy Spirit; helped to grow in the goodness through the moral virtues. – CCC 1266

Seeking Baptism of Adult or Youth age 8 & older?

For Baptism of Youth ages 8-14 visit:

Faith Formation

For Adult Baptism  (age 15 & up), visit:

Become Catholic | R.C.I.A.

Baptism for Children 7 years & younger

Questions on Baptism for 7 years and younger? Please contact the parish office at ParishOffice@htcatholic.org.

General Baptismal requirements for the parents :

  • Parents must desire and be willing to bring their child up in the Catholic Faith. Baptism is the beginning of supernatural life; it must be nurtured throughout life.
  • Parents must be practicing their faith and attending Mass regularly on Sundays.
  • Parents must either live within the boundaries of Holy Trinity Parish, or be a registered contributing member of Holy Trinity parish.  (Parish Boundaries found here)
  • If parents attend another parish or live outside the boundaries of Holy Trinity, they must provide a letter from the Pastor of that Parish, granting permission for the child to be baptized at Holy Trinity.
  • Parents must meet with a parish staff member prior to the Baptism. You will be contacted after filling out the Baptismal Registration form. Baptism will not be scheduled until after initial contact.
  • Baptism Registration form and Child’s original Birth Certificate must be submitted prior to class.
  • Parents and Godparents must attend two preparatory sessions of approximately 1hr & 45min each, to be completed at least one month prior to the date of Baptism. This class is for adults only; please do not bring children to class.
  • If parent(s) and/or Godparent(s) attend classes at a different parish, they must bring a letter from that parish, certifying their attendance.
Print Baptism RequirementsImprimir Requisitos de Bautismo

The Godparent is asked: “What do you ask of God’s Church?”  The response is: “Faith!”  – CCC 1253

The parents may choose up to 2 Godparents. If two Godparents are chosen, they must be one man and one woman.  The Godparent(s) serve as representative of the Catholic faith in the life of your child. Therefore, it is essential that the Godparent(s) be confirmed, practicing Catholics living in harmony with the Church’s teaching.

  • Only one Godparent is required.
  • Parents cannot serve as Godparents of their own children.
  • Must be good examples and sources of support for both the child and the parents and be fully initiated, active, members of the Catholic church, attending mass & confession regularly.
  • Godparent(s) must be at least 16 years of age, have received the Sacrament of Confirmation (proof of Confirmation is required), and lead a life in union with the Catholic faith.
  • If Godparents are married, Proof of Marriage in the Catholic Church must be provided.
  • Unmarried persons must be living a chaste life as a single person; those living with a partner or significant other may not serve as Godparents.
  • Godparents must attend two preparatory sessions of approximately 1hr & 45min each, to be completed at least one month prior to the date of Baptism. This class is for adults only; please do not bring children to class.
  • If Godparent(s) attend classes at a different parish, they must bring a letter from that parish, certifying their attendance.
  • The Certificate of Eligibility  (Certificado de elegibilidad) provided by Holy Trinity must be signed by the Godparent(s) and certified by their parish Pastor.
  • Please review and print:
Godparent(s): Duties and ResponsibilitiesPadrino (s): Deberes y Responsabilidades

Does it make a difference who you choose to be your Children’s Godparents? YES!

People often want to ask their best friends or favorite relatives to act as Godparents for their children; they may want to do this as a way of honoring someone. Of course, we all would like to honor those who are dear to us, but the Baptism of your child is not about honoring the Godparent.

Would you ask your best friend to perform heart surgery on your child? Of course not, unless he/she were a competent heart surgeon. So if the role of the Godparent is to help the parents to raise the child in the good practice of the Catholic faith, then it stands to reason that you should ask someone who shows by their own knowledge and practice that they can help someone else follow in their footsteps.

Helping a child become a good Catholic Christian is an important undertaking; it is therefore, equally important to ask someone who regularly prays with the community at Sunday Mass and, who in other ways, practices his/her faith and shows commitment to Catholic values.

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The first of the seven sacraments, and the “door” which gives access to the other sacraments. Baptism is the first and chief sacrament of forgiveness of sins because it unites us with Christ, who died for our sins and rose for our justification. Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist constitute the “sacraments of initiation” by which a believer receives the remission of original and personal sin, begins a new life in Christ and the Holy Spirit, and is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ.

Catechism of the Catholic Church | Baptism

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