Baptism marks the beginning of our life in Christ, a complete transformation of ourselves as faithful followers of Jesus, the Son of God. This sacrament recognizes our creation as images of God and welcomes infants and adults into the community of the faithful who profess that Jesus is Lord by removing the original sin. In its public or private celebration, the community recalls its own initiation and sees again the vitality of the living and growing body of Christ in the world.
Baptism Program for Infants and Children
All Catholic families are invited to celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism at the parishes of Brawley Catholic: Sacred Heart, St. Joseph, and St. Margaret Mary. Parents and Godparents must be actively attending regular Mass; at Brawley Catholic or another Catholic parish. Child being baptized cannot be older than 7 years of age. In accordance with Diocesan policy the age limit for a general Baptism is 7 years old. If the child is above the age of seven they will need to attend RCIA for Children.
To begin the preparation, parents will need to pick up the Baptism Registration Form, from the parish offices of Sacred Heart or St. Margaret Mary.
*If anyone wishes to have a private Baptism please be advised that only our Deacons officiate private Baptisms. If the family wishes for a priest, they will have to do a public Baptism on the available dates provided each month*
Next, submit the completed form, along with your child's Birth Certificate, to the parish office. Parents and Sponsors are required to attend a Baptismal Preparation Class. We offer the class every Third Thursday of the month at Sacred Heart Parish at 6:30PM in English and Spanish. The preparation process is completed once the parents and Godparents have attended the Baptismal Preparation Class and all paperwork has been submitted.
The donation for general Baptisms are $50.00.
The donation for private Baptisms are $100.00.
RECONCILIATION & PENANCE
“Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion.” CCC 1442
The sacrament of marriage is a visible sign of God’s love for the Church. When a man and a woman are married in the Church, they receive the grace needed for a lifelong bond of unity.
Marriages are by appointment only and notice nine months in advance. Please call the parish offices to schedule an appointment with the priest.
Marriage is a Covenant
The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenantal union in the image of the covenants between God and his people with Abraham and later with Moses at Mt. Sinai. This divine covenant can never be broken. In this way, marriage is a union that bonds spouses together during their entire lifetime.
The sacrament of Matrimony signifies the union of Christ and the Church. It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved his Church; the grace of the sacrament thus perfects the human love of the spouses, strengthens their indissoluble unity, and sanctifies them on the way to eternal life. (CCC 1661)
The love in a married relationship is exemplified in the total gift of one’s self to another. It’s this self-giving and self-sacrificing love that we see in our other model of marriage, the relationship between Christ and the Church.
Marriage is based on the consent of the contracting parties, that is, on their will to give themselves, each to the other, mutually and definitively, in order to live a covenant of faithful and fruitful love. (CCC 1662)
The Church takes the lifelong nature of the Sacrament of Marriage seriously. The Church teaches that a break in this covenant teaches goes against the natural law of God:
The remarriage of persons divorced from a living, lawful spouse contravenes the plan and law of God as taught by Christ. They are not separated from the Church, but they cannot receive Eucharistic communion. They will lead Christian lives especially by educating their children in the faith. (CCC 1665)
Marriage Reflects the Holy Trinity
We believe that God exists in eternal communion. Together, Father, Son and Holy Spirit are united in one being with no beginning and no end. Human beings, likewise, were created by God in God’s image for the purpose of communion with another human being.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “The Christian family is a communion of persons, a sign and image of the communion of the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit” (CCC 2205). The Sacrament of Marriage is “unitive, indissoluble and calls us to be completely open to fertility.” Christian marriage at its finest is a reflection of God’s self-giving love expressed between the love of two people.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick gives strength and support and can be administered to anyone struggling with an illness.
If anyone is in need of anointing of the sick, please call the parish offices to request to be anointed by a priest, deacon, or lay person.
Who may Receive?
In the Catholic Church, Extreme Unction or the Last Rites is the anointing at the time of death or in time of serious illness. Since the Second Vatican Council, this sacrament is now called the Anointing of the Sick and has been broadened to offer healing and comfort in times of illness that may not lead to immediate death. Speaking about a wider implementation of this sacrament, Pope Paul VI advocated for “a wider availability of the sacrament and to extend it—within reasonable limits—even beyond cases of mortal illness."