Baby Baptism Ceremony

Infant Baptism

The Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church's way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.

Infant Baptism Preparedness

Infant Baptism

Baptism Requirements:

First, complete the Baptism Prep Session I At-home study. Next, attend one of the monthly in-person Baptism Prep Sessions II, held on the second Saturday monthly. We highly suggest that godparents participate in both sessions. Lastly, schedule the Rite of Baptism.

To request Baptism Prep Session I At-home study materials, please fill out the registration form. Instructions on the class and next steps will be in your folder when you complete the study. If you have any questions, Yolanda Villarreal at villarrealy@ssjwoodlands.com
281-367-9885 Ext. 115 (Se habla español)

Baptism Preparation will include: 

  • Baptism Prep Session I At-home study: Baptism effects, the elements of the rite, and the role of godparents.

    • The vocation and mission of Christian parents

    • The sacrament of infant baptism

  • Baptism Prep Session II: A two-hour in-person session with a mentor-catechist

  • Rite of Baptism: Upon completion both sessions, baptism date will be scheduled.

 

An At-home godparent class is available and highly recommended. 
Please register here and a study folder will be available for you to pick up at the Parish Office.
The class will include:

  • Reading

  • Watching a short video on the sacrament of baptism

  • Completing two worksheets


After completion of the Baptismal Prep Session I, register for Baptism Prep Session II here

 

Baptism Prep Session II 2022 Schedule

  • November 12

  • December will not have any classes due to Advent, classes will resume in January

Please note: You may schedule the Rite of Baptism upon completion of the Baptism Prep Session I At-home study and Baptism Prep Session II In-person session.

 

Godparents Requirements

Here are examples to explain what the Church means by “leads a life in harmony with the (Catholic) faith:” a person who has a prayer life, and worships regularly with their parish community; a person who practices justice and fairness in their career or job; if married, a person in a valid Christian marriage, recognized by the Church; a person who practices chastity in a dating, engaged or marital relationship; a person who stewards their money or material treasures to their parish and/or a charity of their choice; a person who accepts and respects the dignity of other human beings regardless of race, ethnic origin, etc. someone who does not abuse alcohol, drugs, spouse, children, or pornography; in short, a person who is happy being Catholic, freely acknowledges it to others, is aware of God’s mercy, and  endeavors to live Catholic, Biblical values to the best of their ability.

 

Someone you are blessed to have as your child’s godparent. Qualifications: Canon 874 ‐ To be admitted to the role of godparent, a person must: 

  • Be designated by the parents or the one who takes their place, and is to have the  qualifications and intention of performing the role;

  • Have completed their sixteenth year;

  • Be a Catholic who has been confirmed, has already received the sacraments of the Most Holy Eucharist, and leads a life in harmony* with the faith and the role to be undertaken; 

  • Not be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared;

  • Not the father or mother of the one to be baptized; 

  • A baptized person who belongs to a non‐ Catholic ecclesial community may not be  admitted except as a witness and together with a Catholic godparent.

 

Spanish Baptism Prep Sessions I and II are also available.


For other questions or concerns, please contact Yolanda Villarreal at villarrealy@ssjwoodlands.com 281-367-9885 Ext. 115 (Se habla español)

ACTS 11:16

‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’