Baptismal Preparation

Baptism for All Ages

In baptism, the first sacrament of initiation, we welcome new members into the Christian faith. Baptism is the beginning of a lifelong journey of faith. While many are baptized as infants, a person can be baptized at any age.

Adults: Adults who wish to be baptized enter into a process of preparation that we call RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). This process begins with inquiry sessions that let you ask your questions and help you decide if the Catholic Church is the church for you. If you decide to pursue initiation into the church, you will be part of a group of people who will meet to study more fully our Catholic teachings and the Christian way of life. You will then be baptized confirmed and receive Eucharist at the Easter Vigil. Contact our pastor, Father Jim Stehly (818)889-1279 ext 213 or frjim@saintjudetheapostle.org or attend an inquiry night on the first Tuesday of the month from 7 – 8 p.m. in the Faith Formation office.

Children in Third Grade or above: Children in Third Grade or above who are preparing for Baptism enter into a program of preparation similar to adults who are asking for Baptism. When they are initiated into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil, the night before Easter, they are not only baptized, but they are also confirmed and receive First Eucharist. For details contact our Faith Formation Director, Cindy Kozal (818)889-0612 or cindy@saintjudetheapostle.org

Infants & Children in Second Grade or younger: Parents wishing to have their child baptized need to speak with our Baptismal Coordinators, as well as, complete a Baptismal Preparation class (if they have not done so in the last three years). This class will help parents come to a deeper understanding of the sacrament and the commitment they themselves make in baptizing their child. Contact our Faith Formation Director, Cindy Kozal (818)889-0612 or email baptism@saintjudetheapostle.org with questions or pre-register for a class below

Baptismal Process for Infants and Children in Second Grade or younger

Contact - Cindy Kozal (818)889-0612 or  baptism@saintjudetheapostle.org 

Sign up to Attend Baptismal Preparation Class *1st Sunday of the Month (pre-registration required)  Baptism Preparation class begins at 9:30 a.m. in the youth room near the hospitality patio. There will be a short presentation and then together you will attend the 10 AM Mass.  The Baptism Preparation class will be concluded in the Church following Mass. Children are welcome to attend. *Parents and Godparents must complete a baptismal preparation class.  Please remember no walk-ins. *For those from another parish, you may attend the baptismal class at your own parish. However, you will need a permission letter from your parish and a class certificate within the last 3 years showing class completion. For questions regarding prep classes email Mary Kowenhoven.  You must pre-register for the class. Click here to Sign Up

Complete & submit paperwork - Prior to scheduling your child’s Baptism, all paperwork must be completed:

Schedule Baptism

  • Return all paperwork to the Pastoral Office.
  • Baptisms are the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the Month at 1:30 PM. Baptisms are not celebrated during Lent and may be rescheduled during key holiday periods.

Baptismal Sponsors & Witnesses Godparents: The Godparents should be practicing Catholics who have been fully initiated into the Church through the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation.  Godparents represent the spiritual community of the parish and play a special role in the faith journey of their Godchild.  Being a Godparent is much more than an honorary title.  Through Baptism, Godparents enter a life-long faith relationship with the child.  Godparent requirements: —Must be at least 16 years of age —Must have received all their Sacraments of Initiation —Must be living in the Catholic Faith in harmony with the Church including receiving the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion regularly —If married, must be married in the Catholic Church —May NOT be the father or mother of the child

Christian Witness: A Baptized Christian belonging to a Christian faith community may serve as a Christian Witness, along with a Catholic sponsor, but may not serve as a sponsor by themselves. An “ex-Catholic” may never serve as a Christian witness. Godparents must attend the Baptismal Preparation class at St Jude’s or their home Parish. Both Godparents and Christian Witnesses must complete the corresponding forms they will be provided.