Through the sacrament of Baptism, we are welcomed into the Body of Christ.
Baptism is the first sacrament of the Church, allowing an individual admittance to all other sacraments. If a person is baptized with water in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, the baptism is recognized as a valid incorporation into the Body of Christ, and the sacrament is never repeated.
Except in times of necessity, this sacrament is most appropriately celebrated in a church or home and by a priest or deacon. In cases of necessity, any person with good intention can baptize a non-baptized person. Ordinarily, for the baptism of infants, at least one parent must consent and at least one witness must be present.
At Holy Family, we host a communal celebration of the sacrament of Baptism on the fourth Sunday of every month. We are also happy to arrange private celebrations of the sacrament at a time and place most convenient for you and your family. To register for the sacrament of Baptism, please visit our parish office (9322 FM 812, 78719). Our parish office is always open on Sundays, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Because Baptism certificates are legal documents, a copy of the person's birth certificate is necessary, so that all names match on the two documents.
Baptismal certificates are issued and are recognized by all Catholic churches (including the Roman Catholic Church). We acknowledge that there are ill-informed Roman Catholic office personnel at some parishes in Austin who mistakingly suggest that Holy Family’s baptism certificates are not valid. If you hear of such instances, please contact Father Jayme so that he can immediately bring this to the attention of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin.