The Sacrament of Baptism

Baptisms at Annunciation

Our "Infant Baptism Preparation Series" is designed to prepare parents with children under six years of age to be received into the Family of God. The series provides an opportunity for you to explore the meaning of Baptism and enrich your faith experience.

As you prepare for this Sacrament of Initiation for your child, keep in mind the following: The Baptism of your child signifies a solemn commitment by you the parents, to raise your child within the faith community of the Roman Catholic Church and in accordance with its teachings.

Fill out the registration form below with family, child, and Godparent information and then follow the registration for online Baptism classes.

The Classes are online, please registered at this website: Baptism Online Classes

 

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To register you have to follow the instructions:

1. Name of the Church: Cathedral of the Annunciation

2. Diocese: Diocese of Stockton

2. Name of the Pastor: Rev. Luis Navarro Hernández

3. Email: info@annunciationstockton.org

Baptism Requirements

GODPARENTS

Select your godparents carefully as Canon Law requires that each child seeking the Sacrament of Baptism have at least one official godparent who is a practicing Catholic, Baptized, Confirmed and Married by the Church (if married). Parents may choose to select one or two godparents. All documentation must be provided prior to the scheduling of your child's Baptism. Godparents must also take Baptism online class. Christians of other denominations may serve as “Christian witnesses" to the Baptism.

SCHEDULING THE BAPTISM

Baptisms at the Cathedral of the Annunciation are scheduled the 1 st and 3rd Saturday of the month at 10:00 a.m. All documentation must be in order before the scheduling of your child's Baptism. You will need to contact Yvonne Harrold at Parish House at 463-1305 to inquire about available dates and scheduling of baptism.

BAPTISM CHECKLIST

❑ Godparent/s chosen, at least one of which is a practicing Catholic

❑ Documentation provided by parents outside of Cathedral Parish

❑ Registration Form Completed

❑ Copy of the child’s county Birth Certificate

❑ Documentation provided by godparents outside of Cathedral Parish

❑ Baptism Preparation Classes attended

❑ Schedule Baptism

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God Parents
We have chosen these Godparents because they are Baptized, Confirmed, Married by the Church (if Married), and will be good examples to our child because they are living their faith.

PETICIÓN PARA EL SACRAMENTO DEL BAUTISMO

Padrinos
Hemos elegido estos Padrinos porque son Bautizados, Confirmados, Casados por la Iglesia (si están casados), y serán un buen ejemplo para nuestro hijo/a, además de vivir su fe cristiana.

Baptism Preparation Courses ~ Cursos Pre-Bautismales

The Sacrament of Baptism opens the door to a new life in Jesus Christ... a life that goes beyond our death and into the life of heaven after our death.

Baptism is the sacrament of salvation: an encounter with God that cleanses us from sin and makes us true children of God, sharing in his very own divine life.

This great gift is offered to all who believe and to the children of families of faith.  Since her earliest days, the Church has baptized adults and children because it is the only ordinary way God has revealed that we may receive the grace of salvation through this sharing in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as St. Paul teaches in Romans chapter 6:

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life… if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him… So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
(Romans 6:3, 8, 11)

Baptism is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation.  The other two are Confirmation and Holy Communion (Eucharist).  Children typically receive the other Sacraments of Initiation after reaching age 7 and before age 16.

Baptism of Infants and Children (under age 7)

Godparents

It is an ancient custom and also a requirement of Church law that each new Christian have at least one sponsor, traditionally called a godparent, who “together with the parents presents an infant for baptism. A sponsor also helps the baptized person to lead a Christian life in keeping with baptism and to fulfill faithfully the obligations” of this new life. (Code of Canon Law, 872)

Church law and our diocese provide guidelines for the qualifications to serve as a godparent.  The reason for these requirements is to ensure that the new Christian will have the support they need from their sponsor who will promise to pray for them and help them as they prepare for other sacraments and seek to live out their baptism throughout their lifetime.

Baptism of Adults (and children age 7 and up)

Following the spread of Christianity in the first few generations after the resurrection of Jesus, the Catholic Church developed a process to prepare adults for entry into the Church through the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion (Eucharist).  Today, the Church calls this process the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or RCIA.  Through this process, those who express interest in becoming Catholic are welcomed into a special community within the parish to learn about the teachings of Jesus and his Church, to have their questions answered, learn about the new life in Christ offered by baptism, and prepare for the reception of the Sacraments.

Please contact us to get started!  Nothing more than an interest in learning more about Catholicism is needed to begin.  There is no pressure, only welcome and support as you freely journey towards union with Christ and his Church.

Children who have reached age 7 and have not yet been baptized are considered “adults” with consideration for the reception of sacraments.  This is because - at age 7 - they are able to take personal responsibility for their sins and are able to make a profession of faith on their own.  A special preparation process is provided for them.  Parents, please contact us so that we can help you get started.  It is never too late to baptize your children.

Common Questions

No. According to the Code of Canon Law: "To be admitted to undertake the office of sponsor [for baptism], a person must . . . not be either the father or the mother of the person to be baptized" (CIC 874). We may be able to help you find a suitable person to serve as a godparent.

Traditionally, godparents often filled this role in the event that both parents died while the child is a minor. However, this is not the case in modern society. Any legal needs to provide for your children should be taken care of in addition to your child's baptism. While it may be the case that a godparent would make a very suitable candidate for this role, the Church does not make any connection between these unique roles in the care of children in this most difficult circumstance.