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
    • a date for the baptism will not be scheduled without a registration form
    • the date is only tentative until all classes and forms are completed
    • all paperwork including class requirements are due 2 weeks prior to baptism
  • Copy of child’s birth certificate
  • Complete baptism class and meeting requirements listed below
  • If you or your family are not parishioners of St. Jude, please provide a letter from your parish.

Godparent:

  • Complete  the godparent form with parish signatures.
  • Complete baptism class and meeting, requirements listed below
  • all paperwork including class requirements are due 2 weeks prior to baptism
  • Basic requirements 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 Christian 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
  • complete baptism class with requirements listed below
  • all paperwork including class requirements are due 2 weeks prior to baptism

Baptism Class Requirements

All parents and Godparents who are celebrating their child’s baptism at St. Jude will need to:

  1. Complete online course through the Archdiocese of Los Angeles
  2. Meet with a Baptismal team couple after completion of the course. These meetings will be on church grounds, but socially distanced.  They will only be for one family at a time and not a group meeting.
  3. If you are unable to meet due to the distance of godparents, arrangements can be made for Zoom meetings. Completion of the online course prior to the meeting is necessary.
  4. If you are not baptizing your child at St. Jude, we only offer the online course. You should check with your own parish to make sure they will allow the online course.

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 currently on hold, although will resume shortly.  They will be scheduled following all Church safety protocols which will reduce the number of families at a baptism. 

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