The sacrament of baptism ushers us into the divine life, cleanses us from sin, and initiates us as members of the Christian community. It is the foundation for the sacramental life.

At baptism, the presider prays over the water:

Father, look now with love upon your Church, and unseal for her the fountain of baptism. By the power of the Holy Spirit give to this water the grace of your Son, so that in the sacrament of baptism all those whom you have created in your likeness may be cleansed from sin and rise to a new birth of innocence by water and the Holy Spirit. (Christian Initiation of Adults, #222A)

Freed from Sin

Baptism frees us from the bondage of original and actual sin. Water is poured in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Today, the sacrament of baptism is often performed on infants, shortly after birth. Adult baptisms take place at the Easter Vigil through the restored Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Adults or children who have been baptized in a valid Christian church are not baptized again in the Catholic church. As we say in the Nicene Creed, “I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins…”

The Catechism teaches:
"The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ" (CCC 1279).

Baptismal Symbols

  • Water – The waters of baptism recall Jesus’ own baptism by John the Baptist in the river Jordan. Water is a symbol of cleansing and renewal as we begin a new life in Christ. We are washed clean of sin.
  • Oil – At baptism we are anointed into the life of Christ as “priest, prophet and king.” A cross is traced on the candidate’s forehead as a reminder that we are inheritors of the Kingdom of God.

  • Light – The baptismal candle is lit from the Paschal or Easter candle that stands in the church as a sign of Christ’s light in the world. At baptism, we receive the light of Christ and are called forth to share this light with the world.
  • White garment – The white garment that is placed upon us at baptism is a symbol of Christ’s victory over death and his glorious resurrection. Likewise, the white garment or pall that is placed over the coffin at the time of death recalls our baptismal promises and reminds us that we are destined for eternal life.

While in ordinary circumstances, sacraments in the Catholic Church are administered validly by a member of the ordained clergy, in an emergency situation, the sacrament of baptism can be administered by anyone.

In case of necessity, any person can baptize provided that he have the intention of doing that which the Church does and provided that he pour water on the candidates head while saying: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (CCC 1284).

2022 Pre-Baptismal Class Schedule  
Classes are held the second Thursday of the month in
Our Lady of Peace class room @ 6:00PM

Parents and Godparents must attend classes.
Call the parish office @ (505) 473-4200 to register and for cost information.
PLEASE NOTE: These classes are in English.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions advance reservations MUST be made
and dates and times are subject to change!

2022 Schedule of Baptisms
Baptisms are currently taking place on the 2nd weekend of the month
after the Saturday 5:00PM and Sunday 11:30AM Masses 

(We do not have Baptisms during the seasons of Lent and Advent)
Call the parish office to discuss the requirements for preparing for Baptism.
in advance of determining the date for Baptism.



What are the requirements for a godparent?

Godparents must be at least 16 years old, confirmed, and actively worshiping and sharing of their time, talent, and treasure in the parish for at least three (3) months.  If the godparents are married, they must be married according to the norms of the Roman Catholic Church.

What is meant by actively worshipping and how is it tracked?

Actively worshipping and participating parishioners at SMDLP are registered parishioners who attend Sunday Mass every week.  It is a part of our faith that we attend Mass on Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation. They also participate by giving of their talent by serving in Church ministries or volunteering for Church activities. 

Regular monetary contributions through the use of Parish family contribution envelopes confirms your attendance at Mass.  While stopping and speaking with the Priest is always welcome, it does not replace the use of envelopes every week.  It is just not possible for the Priest to remember everyone at any given Mass every week.  If you prefer to write only one check per month, it is fine to continue doing so, just use the remainder of your (empty) envelopes the rest of the month.  The same goes for those who do not have the financial means to contribute.  Place your empty envelope in the collection basket.  This helps us verify your attendance. By the way, dropping multiple envelopes in the collection basket at once only counts as Mass attendance the week the envelopes are placed in the basket! 

It is understood and expected that families go on vacation or sometimes attend Mass elsewhere and that parishioners sometimes are sick and unable to attend Mass. If that is the case, drop your SMDLP envelope in the collection basket of the Church that you are visiting and they will mail it to us or mail your envelope directly to our parish office.

If Godparents are registered at a parish other than Santa Maria de la Paz, they must obtain permission from their parish to act as a sponsor.  Click here to download a sponsor permission form (Affidavit of Eligibility).


Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.
(John 3:5)

Expectant parents should call the parish office three (3) months prior to your baby's birth to make arrangements for Baptism.

For arrangements, Baptism schedule and further information please contact the Parish Office at (505) 473-4200.

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