Sunday, April 23
One of the great prides at Holy Cross is a gift we give to each child baptized - the symbolic white garment. Now blest as a child of God, cleansed in the waters of Baptism, the ceremony calls for "new clothes for this new creation in Christ."
We are in need of people to create Baptismal Bibs who can edge and embroider the design on them. Whether you do this by hand or by machine, the only requirement is that, while you work, you pray for the child who will wear it, as well as for the parents and godparents bringing up the child in our Catholic faith.
Please call the parish center or e-mail Mary Jo DiNoto.
*Baptism is the first and basic sacrament of Christian initiation. It is administered by immersing the recipient in water or by pouring (not just sprinkling) water on the person's head "in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (cf. Matthew 28:19). The ordinary minister of the sacrament is a bishop or priest, or (in the Western Church, but not in the Eastern Churches) a deacon. Baptism frees from original sin and all personal sins and from the punishment due to them, and makes the baptized person share in the Trinitarian life of God through "sanctifying grace" (the grace of justification that incorporates the person in Christ and his Church). It imparts the "theological" virtues (faith, hope and charity) and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. It marks the baptized person with a spiritual seal or character that indicates permanent belonging to Christ.
*"Roman Catholic Church."
The Free Encyclopedia.
As parish, we are very concerned with ways of welcoming people to the Sacraments. Our Baptism Coordinator ensures that the Baptism of each child is a truly special occasion.
To initiate the process for the children, birth to six
years of age, call the parish office and give the secretary the necessary information. A staff member will contact you to arrange a visit and schedule the required Pre-Baptism session.
For children seven years or older, call the Religious Education Office. These children will enter into a process called R.C.I.A. or Right of Christian Initiation for Adults that is adapted for children.
To baptize your child, parents must first be registered as members of Holy Cross Parish with a census card on file. You can call or visit the parish office to get the necessary papers. Godparents for Baptism should be practicing Catholics.
Baptism is celebrated on Sunday at 1:00 PM or may be celebrated during Mass at your request. The Pre-Baptismal Program is offered on the third Sunday of the month (on the third Wednesday or Thursday of the month in June, July and August).