The first step leading to full incorporation with Christ and His Church is baptism. Thus, we cannot celebrate baptism indiscriminately. Parents accept a great deal of responsibility in presenting a child for baptism. They will be the child's first teachers in the faith. The child has the right to seek from them the best example. With all this in mind, we ask parents to prepare themselves seriously for this privilege. Specifically, they do this by participating in a process aimed at preparing them for the baptism of their child. Prior to baptism, the parents must fulfill two requirements. The first is to attend a class on the meaning of baptism.
Secondly, at least one of the parents of the child to be baptized must be a registered member of Holy Family and show signs of active participation in the parish and worship. The baptism of children not from this parish can only take place with permission and instruction from the parish of the inquiring family. Permission from their pastor must be given in writing to the Holy Family pastor or deacon who is to preside at the baptism.
It should be noted that the pastor is obliged to delay baptism in cases where there is little or no practice of faith in the home. In such instances, we will work with the parents until they are ready to provide an acceptable religious environment for the child.
Baptism times and dates vary by parish site. Baptism date and time must be arranged with the pastor from the site where the celebration is to take place. Deacons are ordained by the Archbishop and are commissioned to do baptisms in the same way that our priests baptize.