About the Sacrament of Baptism
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.
This sacrament is called Baptism, after the central rite by which it is carried out: to baptize (Greek baptizein) means to "plunge" or "immerse"; the "plunge" into the water symbolizes the catechumen's burial into Christ's death, from which he rises up by resurrection with him, as "a new creature."
Baptism Checklist (Download Form)
Baptism Registration Form (Download Form)
Those children preparing for Baptism will meet for four consecutive Wednesday’s from 6:00-7:00pm on:
*Parents are asked kindly to make adequate arrangements to ensure their children do not miss any of the four classes. Since the course consist of only four classes children are not permitted to miss any of them.
Where do we meet?
The Baptism Preparation Course classes meet in the in room 11, located on the first floor of the School building.
Parent/Sponsor Baptism Preparation Classes
Parents and Sponsors must attend a baptism preparation class at St. Gregory the Great or another Catholic Church.
Baptism preparation classes are held the third Saturday of every month at our parish. Please contact Martha Betancourt at (954) 473-6261 for more information.
A sponsor is a Catholic who has received the sacraments of initiation, who will help the child to be baptized learn and live their faith for the remainder of the child and sponsors lives. This person should live their faith actively and vividly. Therefore, when choosing a sponsor friendship or someone who is well liked, should not be the number one characteristic that is looked for.
Before picking a sponsor for Baptism, please ensure the sponsor candidate fulfils the following requirements and guidelines:
The Sponsor must Be a Catholic who has received the Sacraments of Christian Initiation: Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation, who is in good standing with the Church.
A Sponsor CANNOT be a person of another faith/religion.
The Sponsor must be a practicing Catholic, over the age of 16, who attends the Sunday Mass regularly and is strongly encouraged to be a registered parishioner of a Catholic Community.
As a parishioner, they the Sponsor must regularly use their envelopes and be willing to take on the responsibility of the child’s faith journey. They must be a role model of prayer and example of active faith.
The child to be baptized may have one male and one female sponsor.
A Sponsor MAY NOT be a biological parent.
A Sponsor Certificate IS NOT a Baptism, First Holy Communion or Confirmation Certificate.
The most important quality of the Sponsor IS NOT Friendship, but that they are a Catholic Role model of faith who can guide the person that is being Baptized in the faith.
Choosing a Saint Name for Baptism
The custom of giving the newly baptized child a saint name is an ancient and powerful tradition. Naming the child after a Christian saint or biblical hero is a concrete reminder for the child and everyone else that God is calling that child, like his or her Christian namesake, to holiness and heaven. Throughout the scriptures we constantly see this notion of a name change after conversion or a specific mission is given, from Abraham in the Old Testament to the apostles in the New. A Christian name concretely indicates that there is, and is meant to be, a connection and continuity between natural and supernatural life, and between earthly and eternal life.