St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish
The Lord himself affirms that Baptism is necessary for salvation. "No one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit" (Jn 3:5). Christ commanded his disciples to preach the Gospel, draw people to faith in him, and baptize those who come to conversion. The Church does not neglect the mission she has received from Christ to ensure that all be baptized and reborn of water and the Spirit. Baptism is necessary for salvation for all those to whom the Gospel has been proclaimed and who have had the possibility of asking for this sacrament.
Who can receive Baptism?
Every person not yet baptized is able to receive Baptism.
What are the effects of Baptism?
Baptism takes away original sin, all personal sins and all punishment due to sin. It makes the baptized person a participant in the divine life of the Trinity through sanctifying grace, the grace of justification which incorporates one into Christ and into his Church. It gives one a share in the priesthood of Christ and provides the basis for communion with all Christians. It bestows the theological virtues and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. A baptized person belongs forever to Christ. He is marked with the indelible seal of Christ (character).
"A real transformation occurs in us through baptism: We die to sin and become one with Jesus Christ in such a way that we share in his very own life. In baptism we receive the sanctifying grace that gives us a heavenly life. It makes us sons and daughters of God, brothers and sisters of Jesus, and heirs of heaven."
~ Padre Pio
Congratulations and God's Blessing on you and your children. At St. Margaret Mary we have a simple three step procedure.
English Baptism are celebrated on the first and second Saturday of most months and on the thrid Sunday of most months.
Please contact the parish office to schedule an appointment or if you have more questions.
God Bless You
Step 1: You need to schedule an appointment for a Pre-Registration which takes about twenty five minutes. Call us at +1 310 326 3364. Baptimal preparation includes 2 baptismal classes.
Step 2: First class is scheduled for parents.
Step 3: Second class is scheduled for parents and godparents.
Qualifications for Godparents:
1. Must be practicing Catholics.
2. Must have received the three (3) Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
3. Must have completed sixteenth year (16) of age and cannot be the father or mother of the one receiving the Sacrament.
4. For Baptism, two sponsors are suggested: one of each sex; however, only one sponsor is required.
Qualification for Christian Witness:
A Christian of another tradition may substitute as a Christian Witness for a Catholic Godparent if he/she is a member of a Christian Church and worships regularly.