"Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons and daughters of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission..." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1213)
Baptism is the first Sacrament of Christian Initiation. Baptism of infants is normally celebrated at 1:15 pm on the second Sunday of each month. For a child to be baptized at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church his/her parents must be registered and practicing Catholics.
Parents are expected to participate in Baptismal Preparation Class. These classes are held on the Wednesday before the Baptism at 7 pm in the Rectory. Please call Religious Education at 718-331-4003 to register for the Baptism and class. Both the parents and godparents should be present.
Parents are asked to choose someone to serve as godparent or sponsor for their child. Since the sponsor’s role is to assist parents in passing on the faith in which the child is being baptized, parents should choose someone who will take the role seriously and will be a good role model for the child. Church law sets minimum requirements: at least 16 years old, already confirmed, and a practicing Catholic.
See Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
"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,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you."