Welcome to Holy Family and thank you for choosing to give your child the Gift of Faith through the Sacrament of Baptism; in which your child will be incorporated as a member of the Body of Christ, the Church. Baptism enables your child to fully participate in a wonderful new life of the Sacramental Graces in the Church for his/her spiritual journey and receiving Christ’s gift of salvation.
- Any child may be baptized here at Holy Family. Our regular schedule is at 9:30AM – 2nd Saturday (Spanish), 3rd Saturday (English), 4th Saturday (Vietnamese).
- At Holy Family we require the Parents and Godparent(s) to attend a baptismal class if they have not done so within the past two years. These classes are on the 1st Tuesday from 6:00pm—7:00pm (English), 2nd Friday from 6:00pm – 7:00pm (Spanish).
- If you are not a parishioner of Holy Family, please contact your local parish to find out what the requirements are, then your pastor will provide you a letter of permission, allow you to take the class and/or baptize your child here after all requirements are fulfilled.
Following are some Church requirements and local practices to help you get ready to have your child baptize here at Holy Family:
- Regarding the Child: The child must be under 7 years of age and has the consent of both parents or the responsible guardian. Child over 7 years old must go through sacramental preparation.
- Regarding the Parents: To ensure that the child will be brought up in the faith and receive formal religious education, at least one parent must be a Roman Catholic, and should be in good standing with the Church teachings. If parents are not married in the Church, please make an appointment with the pastor or provide a letter in a sealed envelope to the pastor explaining the situation. This enable the pastor to further minister the spiritual growth of the parents.
- Regarding the Godparent(s):
- Only one godparent is required. If two godparents are chosen, one should be male and one female.
- A godparent must be fully initiated Catholic (have received Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) and should have completed his/her sixteenth year unless the pastor makes an exception for a just cause.
- A godparent must be a practicing Catholic leading a life in harmony with the Catholic faith and the role of godparent, in order to help the parents and the child to live out their faith. If the godparents are married, they must have a church recognized marriage.
- Where there is a cultural practice of multiple godparents, pastors may allow the family to involve a number of people in the celebration. However, only one set of godparents is recorded.
- A Christian, baptized in another faith tradition, may not serve as godparent, but may serve as a witness along with a Catholic godparent and will be recorded accordingly.
- A godparent cannot be the parent of the child.
We hope this helped clearing up some questions you may have as you are making and preparing for this important moment of your child and family. If you have any further question, please do not hesitate to reach us at the parish office: Tel. (858) 277-0404 or by eMail. firstname.lastname@example.org
May God bless you always!