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, teaching them to observe all I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you until the end of the age.
The Baptism Liturgy is a beautiful, joyful, and prayerful experience for all who are involved. It especially requires the active participation of the parents and godparents of the child who is being baptized.
Baptisms are normally celebrated twice each month in English and twice each month in Spanish. The schedule varies depending on other activities in the parish. Parents should not make specific plans for the baptism until the date and time for the ceremony is finalized.
Baptism is celebrated as a community event. In very rare cases because of special circumstances that cannot be avoided, the baptism may be celebrated at a time other than the scheduled community celebration. Because our church facilities are very busy with masses, weddings, funerals, and other parish activities often booked months in advance, baptisms of this nature are kept to a minimum and approval is required before any special circumstance of this type can be scheduled.
As a parish, Our Lady of Lourdes takes its responsibility in the preparation and celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism very seriously. The parish family is here to help you prepare in accord with the expectations of the Rite of Baptism for Children, the requirements by the Archdiocese of Miami and in keeping with the universal law of the Church.
We rejoice that you have chosen our parish church for your baptism. When the family is ready to begin the process of preparing for their child's baptism, it will be necessary for one of the parents to pick up a Registration Packet from the Baptism Office.
Note to Non-Parishioners
We will be happy to assist those who are not parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, and who desire to receive the Sacrament of Baptism, to contact the proper person to begin the preparation process at their home parish.
The Greatest Day of Saint John XXIII's Life
On the day he was installed as Pope, someone commented to Angelo Roncalli that "today must be the greatest day of your life." This man who would be known as Pope John XXIII replied, "No, the greatest day of my life was the day my mother and father carried me to the top of a steep hill to the village church where a grouchy old priest baptized me in the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit."
Angelo Roncalli changed the world and the Church as he followed the call of his baptism. As Pope, St. John XXIII called for and began the Second Vatican Council.