Congratulations on the birth of your child! We hope that all is well with mother, child and family.
The decision to have your child baptized is not something to be taken lightly; it must be made only after serious reflection. In the Sacrament of Baptism, your child will begin the process of initiation into the Catholic Church, a process that continues through First Communion and is completed in Confirmation. You will be asked during the celebration of the baptism to promise God and the Church to raise your child in the practice of the faith and you are accepting the responsibility of being the first teacher(s) of your child in the ways of this faith. You will also nominate one or two other people of faith to be your child’s baptismal sponsors, or godparents, and to assist you in fulfilling this obligation. Please read and follow these guidelines so that the preparation process and the baptism can both proceed smoothly.
If your child is in the first grade in elementary school, you must contact Chris Braxton, R.C.I.A. Coordinator (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) at (805) 757-1695 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To help you in making decisions related to your child’s baptism and to understand the process better, please read this page before filling out the application form(English or Spanish) and having your pre-baptismal interview with Fr. Tom Cook.