Sacrament of Baptism

Introduction

Baptism

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit.”  (Matthew 28: 19)

 Jesus answered, “Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit …” After this, Jesus and his disciples went into the region of Judea, where he spent some time with them baptizing.  (John 3: 5, 22)

 … God patiently waited in the days of Noah during the building of the ark, in which a few persons, eight in all, were saved through water.  This prefigured baptism, which saves you now …  (1 Peter 3: 18-22)

 … he saved us through the bath of re-birth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.  (Titus 3: 5)

 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.  (Galatians 3: 27)

 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned.  (Mark 16: 16)

 … Get up and have yourself baptized and your sins washed away, calling upon his name.  (Acts 22: 16)

 … Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins …  (Acts 2: 38-39)

 … the Pharisees and scholars of the law, who were not baptized by him, rejected the plan of God for themselves.  (Luke 7: 30)

 Steps in the Preparation

Choose a couple to act as godparents for your Child

  1. It is convenient to have discerned with friends or family members the possibility of them acting as godparents before beginning the preparation program. Here are some criterion to keep in mind:
  2. Only one godparent is required and only two are permitted. If there are two they need to be a male and a female.
  3. The godparents must have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
  4. The godparents must not be bound by canonical penalty. They cannot be in an irregular marriage or cohabitating (seek consultation with a priest or deacon if there are doubts concerning this).
  5. They should be practicing Catholics, giving an example of prayer and regular worship with their parish community.
  6. They should be able to share with the parents the task of handing on the faith to the child; actively giving Christian witness in their lives.
  7. The godparents cannot be the parents of the child.
  8. They must be at least 16 years of age.
  9. If one godparent is chosen there is the possibility that a baptized Christian of another denomination may take the role of a “Christian Witness.”
  10. If the godparent cannot be at the baptism another Catholic may stand as a proxy.

Adults seeking to be baptized will enter the process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.  Click here to access information on RCIA.

Parents seeking to have their child baptized are required to attend a Baptism workshop prior to their child’s receiving the Sacrament.  Godparents are also required to attend the Baptism workshop with the parents.  These workshops are held on Sunday afternoon usually during the months of March, May, July, September, November,  at 2:00 pm in Building D. (contact the Main office)  The Sacrament of Baptism is usually conferred on the first Sunday of each month immediately following the 11:00 am Mass.

To request the Sacrament of Baptism for your child, please contact our office 337.984.9636.  Parents are reminded that, because the godparents will aid you in the faith formation of your child, at least one of the godparents must be a confirmed, practicing Catholic.  Once we receive your information, the church office will email you concerning an available date and time for your child’s baptism.  (Please reply to this email within 2-3 days.)

Sacrament of the Eucharist

While they were eating, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it.  He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many.”  (Mark 14: 22-25)

 The Jewish feast of Passover was near … [Jesus said] the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.  The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.  Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.  For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.  Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.”  (John 6: 4, 51-68)

 We should not stay away from our assembly, as is the custom of some …  (Hebrews 10:  25-31)

For questions regarding this sacrament for children contact Natalie Bertrand at 337.984.9643, ext. 1104, Nbertrand@holycrosslafayette.com.

Adults seeking to receive this sacrament enter the process of Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.  Click Here to access information concerning RCIA.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

“… As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the holy Spirit.  Who sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”  (John 20: 21-23)

“I will give you [Peter] the keys to the kingdom of heaven.  Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”  (Matthew 16: 18-19)

 

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Confession or Sacrament of Penance) can be received Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri 8:15-8:45 a.m. Tue 4:45-5:15 p.m. and Sat 3:00 to 3:45 p.m.

For questions regarding this sacrament for children, contact Natalie Bertrand at 337.984.9643, ext 1104, Nbertrand@holycrosslafayette.com.

Adults seeking this sacrament enter the process of Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Click Here to access information about RCIA.

Sacrament of Confirmation

Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who went down and prayed for them, that they might receive the holy Spirit, for it had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hand on them and they received the holy Spirit.  (Acts 8: 14-17)

 And when Paul laid his hands on them, the holy Spirit came upon them …  (Acts 19: 1-6)

Click Here for information about sacramental preparation for young adults still in high school.

Adults seeking to receive this sacrament enter the process of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.  Click Here for more information on RCIA.

Sacrament of Marriage

God created man in his image, in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them, saying: “Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it …”  (Genesis 1: 27-28)

 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”  (Ephesians 5: 25, 31-32)

 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding.  (John 2: 1-12)

Please contact our office at 337.984.9636 at least six months prior to the expected date of the wedding.

Holy Cross Wedding Policy and Guidelines Revised

 

Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.  (James 5: 14-15)

 They drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.  (Mark 6: 13)

If you would like to be included in the prayers by our faith community, please call our office with your prayer request.  If you are in need of a visit by a Deacon or of the Sacrament from our Pastor, please contact our office at 337.984.9636.

Sacrament of Holy Orders

Then they gave lots to them, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was counted with the eleven apostles.  (Acts 1: 21-26)

They presented these men to the apostles who prayed and laid hands on them.  (Acts 6: 2-6)

For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands.  (2 Timothy 1: 6)

Do not neglect the gift you have, which was conferred on you through the prophetic word with the imposition of hands of the presbyterate.  (1 Timothy 4: 14)

They appointed presbyters for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, commended them to the Lord in whom they had put their faith.  (Acts 14: 23)

… the holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then, completing their fasting and prayer, they laid hands on them and sent them off.  (Acts 13: 2-3)

But I have written to you rather boldly in some respects to remind you, because of the grace given me by God to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in performing the priestly service of the gospel of God …  (Romans 15: 15-16)

 1 Timothy 3 gives qualifications for bishops and deacons.

 1 Timothy 5 gives qualifications for presbyters/priests.

Sacraments

Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law. There are seven: Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony. The seven sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life: they give birth and increase, healing and mission to the Christian’s life of faith. There is thus a certain resemblance between the stages of natural life and the stages of the spiritual life

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