Congratulations to all new parents and welcome to the children!
New life gives the promise, hope and expectations that the world will become a better place. If the world is to become a better place because these children have been born into it, these parents have a huge responsibility. They are not alone. We, the Christian Community, and specifically the Catholic Community of St. Bernadette, share that responsibility.
We, the Parish Community of St. Bernadette, pray that our words and actions may lead these newly baptized children to the wonder of God's love for them. We pledge our prayer and support to you, the parents and families who have been gifted with these children.
The Infant Baptism Process
1. Interview with the Baptism Coordinator. During this conversation parents are asked to articulate why they are choosing to have their child baptized in the Catholic Church and do they understand and commit to living out the vow they are making during the baptism rite.
2. Attend a Baptism Preparation Session for parents. Baptism Preparation is usually held the third Tuesday of the month at 7PM. Please register for the session with Baptism Coordinator.
3. Baptisms are scheduled by calling Baptism Coordinator, Linda Flosi at 480-905-0221 ext. 206. The Baptism Coordinator can help with any questions you may have.
Baptism for Children Age 7-17 (OCI)
The Order of Christian Initiation (OCI) is a form of initiation intended for children who were not baptized as infants, but who have reached the "age of reason" and are of catechetical age. Through OCI, the children learn sufficient information to make an intelligent commitment. Their learning continues long after initial reception of the sacraments.
To find out more about OCI, contact Linda Flosi at 480-905-0221 ext. 206.
Parents must live within the boundaries of St. Bernadette Parish and/or be registered parishioners.
If you belong to another parish and are requesting to have your child baptized at St. Bernadette for family reasons, we must have a letter of permission from your parish to celebrate the baptism.
Please be aware of the criteria set by Canon Law for godparents. One godparent must be at least 16 years old, confirmed Catholic, practicing their faith and in good standing with the Church.
A donation of $10 is requested to cover the cost of the candle.