Baptism

Given the stay-at-home order for the City of Tampa in light of the Covid-19 virus epidemic, effective immediately, Sacred Heart Catholic church and offices are closed. As before all public Masses and all parish events, programs, and ministry meetings have been suspended until further notice. In addition, the staff of the parish is not present in the office but is working remotely from their homes. Things might take a bit longer, but “we’ve got this!” We are entering a time which allows us to explore new and exciting ways to be church, to belong, and to connect with each other!

The Bishop has directed that except in cases of emergencies, the Sacrament of Baptism is not to be celebrated until further notice.


“Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church, and made sharers in her mission: ‘Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.’” (Catechism of the Catholic Church)

Regardless of age, Baptism is the first sacrament of Christian initiation. While typically celebrated with parents and their newborn infants, Baptism is also celebrated for adults through the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA).

The Sacrament of Baptism is a wonderful opportunity for the Sacred Heart community to celebrate and welcome our newest members into the Body of Christ. We celebrate Baptisms as follows:

  • As a community of families on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 1:30 pm. (Please note: There are Holy Days and holiday weekends when the Sacrament is not celebrated; check with the Parish Office about such times).
  • During Sunday Masses and the Saturday Vigil Mass (except Solemnities such as Christmas, and during some special parish celebrations at particular Masses).
  • Baptisms are not celebrated at Mass or in the community setting during Lent.

Baptismal Preparation classes for parents are required for all celebrations of Baptism.

  • We ask that you pre-register for these classes.
  • Please call the Parish Office at 813-229-1595 for more information and registration.
  • We are privileged to celebrate many Baptisms with our families and so Baptismal classes can sometimes be completely full as much as two months in advance of the date of celebration.