The Sacrament of Baptism

Through baptism men and women are incorporated into Christ. They are formed into God’s people, and they obtain forgiveness of all their sins. They are raised from their natural human condition to the dignity of adopted children. They become a new creation through water and the Holy Spirit. Hence they are called, and are indeed, the children of God.

Rite of Baptism for Children, Canon 873

Baptisms at Annunciation

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.

Our infant baptism preparation requirements are designed to prepare parents with children under six years of age, to be received into the Family of God. The baptism preparation is an opportunity for you to explore the meaning of Baptism and enrich your faith experience.

Baptism Requirement Checklist

❑ Registration Form Completed (below, "Request the sacrament of Baptism")

❑ Copy of the child’s county Birth Certificate

❑ Documentation provided by godparents outside of Cathedral Parish

❑ Baptism Preparation Classes (certificate)

❑ Schedule Baptism

Requisitos para Bautismos

❑ Forma de registración (forma: "Petición para el Sacramento del Bautismo)

❑ Copia del Acta de Nacimiento del niño (a) proporcionada por el condado

❑ Carta de permiso de la parroquia de los padrinos

❑ Pláticas de Preparación Bautisma

❑ Programar su fecha de bautismo

Requirements for Being a Sponsor/ Godparent

The sponsor must:

• Only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each
• Have the aptitude and intention of fulfilling this function
• Must be at least 16 year of age
• Be a Catholic
• Has received the sacrament of Confirmation
• Has received the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist
• Leads a life of faith

Baptism Requirements

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 submitted in order to schedule 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.

Online Baptism Classes

 

Logo Baptism

 

Fill out the online baptism class registration form with the following information.

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: The Very Reverend John J. M. Foster, J.C.D

3. Email: [email protected]

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.

Baptism Easter Candle

Easter Candle and baptismal font.

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.