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). For more information:  Click here RCIA

Children in second grade or above: Please contact the Faith Formation Director, Cindy Kozal (818)889-0612 or [email protected]

Baptismal Process for Infants and Children under age 7

You may be awaiting the birth of your child, have a newborn or have a child a little older –Congratulations, you have been blessed with a beautiful gift from God!  In your role as parent, you are the first and most influential person to lead your child on their faith journey.  We look forward to helping you along the way.

Parents:

  • Complete registration form Click here
  • Copy of child’s birth certificate
  • Provide certificate from baptism class attendance at a parish (link below)
  • If you or your family are not parishioners of St. Jude, please provide a letter from your parish.
  • All paperwork is due 2 weeks prior to Baptism

Godparent:

  • Complete  the godparent form with parish signatures.
  • Provide attendance certificate for baptism class.  We do not accept catechism.com  If you are having difficult locating a class, please contact us directly. (Class link below)
  • All paperwork is due 2 weeks prior to Baptism
  • Standards for a Godparent are:
    • at least 16 years of age
    • received all their Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation
    • living the Catholic Faith in harmony with the Church, attending Mass and receiving the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist regularly
    • if married, must be married in the Catholic Church
    • cannot be the parent of the child
    • only one godmother and/or one godfather may be recorded in the church records

Christian Witness

If one of your godparents is not Catholic, but is baptized in another valid Christin faith, they are a Christian Witness.  You must have one practicing Catholic for a godparent if you are choosing a Christian Witness as well.

Christian witness requirements:

  • at least sixteen years old
  • a validly baptized Christian
  • living an upright life
  • cannot be either parent
  • cannot be a baptized Catholic who has left the Church and/or practicing another faith tradition
  • attend a Baptism class at a Catholic parish and complete the Christian witness form  We do not accept Catechism.com classes  If you are having difficulty finding a class, please contact us directly. (Class link below)
  • All paperwork is due 2 weeks prior to Baptism

Sign up to Attend Baptismal Preparation Class First Sunday of the Month  (pre-registration required, no walk-ins) 

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.

You must stay for the entire baptism class in order to receive an attendance certificate, please plan accordingly. Children are welcome to attend.  Please remember no walk-ins. At St. Jude's, your certificate is valid for 3 years.

Baptism Class Sign Up 

For questions regarding prep classes email Cindy Kozal at [email protected].   

Out of Parish:  If you do not live in the parish boundaries and are not registered and participating members of St. Jude, you will need to provide a letter of permission from the church where you are registered. If you are not registered in any parish, then it is highly recommended you register for the Baptism at the church in whose boundaries you live.

Scheduling a Baptism once paperwork is complete

  • Baptisms are the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the Month at 1:30 PM. Baptisms are not celebrated during Lent
  • There will be no baptisms on September 21, 2019.  Our Country Time Fair is being held that day.
  • We only offer communal baptisms – there may be several children being baptized, so please be on time and respectful of the liturgy during the entire celebration

Contact - Cindy Kozal (818)889-0612 or  [email protected]