Our Lady of Lourdes

Catholic Church

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Infant Baptism

Preparing to Celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism

The following is an outline of the ceremony:

Reception of the Child

Celebration of God’s Word and Preparation for Baptism

Celebration of the Sacrament

Conclusion

Ministry of Baptism Preparation Office Contact Information

We hope you find the information in this booklet helpful, but feel free to contact us for any other inquiries. You are welcomed to visit our office located in the Parish School Administration Building.

Mailing Address: 11291 SW 142nd Avenue, Miami, Fl 33186

Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (Closed Weekends)

Telephones: Office: (305) 386-4894, Ext. 352 & Fax: (305) 386-6670

The Baptism Liturgy

The Church celebrates baptism as a joyful and prayerful experience for all who are involved. The celebration especially requires the active participation of the parents and godparents of the child who is being baptized. It is a sacred time that needs to be respected by all who are participating and witnessing

Dress:

While there is no specific dress code for those attending the baptism, modest conservative wear is suggested. As it is always appropriate and welcome for gentlemen who feel comfortable wearing a suit and tie and ladies to wear semi-casual clothing, business casual attire or equivalent thereto, is just as appropriate especially in South Florida

Decorum:

Due to the sacredness of the liturgy, it must reflect a respectful and reverent atmosphere at all times. Therefore, it is prohibited to talk, text or stream on cell phones or any digital devices while inside the church and during the liturgy. These devices must be turned off or placed in vibrate/silent mode. Additionally, it is not permitted to eat, drink, chew gum, smoke or use vaporizers, inside the church. Should the need arise for someone to engage in any of these activities, we kindly ask they quietly step outside the church, as to not distract from the celebration of the sacrament.

Pictures and Video:

The family is welcome to take photos and video of the Baptism Liturgy for the purpose of recording this very special event in the life of the child to be baptized. We suggest that a member(s) of the family be designated to take the photos and video, and not the parents or godparents, whose role is to participate in the liturgy. Professional photographers hired by the family are welcome, but must be made aware that their work must not disturb the liturgy or interfere with other people’s right to enjoy the ceremony.