Because the Sacrament of Baptism washes away original sin, gives us share in God's own divine life and makes us heirs of the Kingdom of Heaven, the church urges parents to provide for the baptism of their children as soon as possible after their birth.  The baptism of children prior to first grade is based upon the faith of their parents and godparents.  Children who are in the first grade or older should be enrolled in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) program through the school or the religious education program in order to be prepared for Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist.

The requirements for the Baptism of younger children (infants up to first grade) are as follows:


1.  The parents must be registered members of St. Patrick's Parish or, if they belong to another parish, have a letter of permission from the pastor of that parish to baptize their child at St. Patrick's Parish.

2.  Parents should be practicing their Catholic faith by going to Mass on Sundays and living according to the teachings of the Catholic church.  If not, they must at least have a willingness to begin to do so. They must also be committed to raising their child in the Catholic faith by teaching, example and by making sure the child receives the other sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Eucharist in the future.

3.  Parents must register for and take the required baptismal preparation class.  This can be done through the parish office by calling Terri Hand at (361) 855-7391.

4.  Although parents do not have to be married in the Catholic church to baptize a child, they should seriously consider doing this in order to practice their Catholic faith more fully.  The Sacrament of Marriage offers couples the necessary graces to help them be loving spouses and good parents.  Once married in the church, parents are also able to set a good example for their children as well as helping themselves spiritually by going to Mass every Sunday and receiving the Holy Eurcharist.  They can arrange for getting married in the church by consulting with one of the parish priests.  Click here to view the Sacrament of Marriage page.


1.  At least one godparent is required for baptism.  If there are two godparents, then they must be a man and a woman

2.  A godparent must be at least 16 years old, have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist, be regularly going to Mass on Sundays and receiving Holy Communion, and living according to the teachings of the Catholic church.

3.  If the godparent is a single person, he or she must fulfill all the above and not be living with anyone outside of marriage.  If they are married, they must fulfill all of the above and be married through the Catholic church.

4.  Godparents must also attend the preparation class for baptism with the parents or attend it in the parish where they live.

5.  A non-Catholic Christian cannot officially be a godparent, but if they are living their Christian faith, they can stand with a godparent as a "Christian Witness" to the baptism.


Once a child has reached the first grade, he or she has the ability to study and learn the Catholic Faith and the meaning of the sacraments.  Therefore, the child is enrolled in the religious education program where he or she will be put with the appropriate age group and prepared to receive all the Sacraments of Initiation - Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist after two years of prepration classes.  This usually takes place at sundown for the Easter Vigil on the evening before Easter Sunday.  Click here to view the Religious Education page.


If a high school student has not been baptized, the Director of Youth Ministry (Eric Becker) will meet with the young person to assess their religious background and preparation needs.  He will work with them individually or as a group to help prepare the young person for the sacrament.  Click here to view the Youth Ministry page.


"Truly, truly, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God." (John 3:3,5)

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