Infant Baptism

Baptism

An infant should be baptized within the first few weeks after birth, or as soon as possible. For a licit baptism of an infant, there must be a founded hope that the infant will be brought up in the Catholic religion; if such a hope is altogether lacking, the baptism is to be put off

The Code of Canon Law, #868

 

Registration is required. Please provide the parish office with a birth certificate upon registration.  Baptism classes should be completed prior to the scheduled baptism.

Godparents or Sponsors

The child must have at least one official Sponsor or Godparent, who is at least 16 years old; a baptised Catholic who has received the sacraments of Holy Communion, Reconciliation, and Confirmation; who is currently practicing his/her Catholic faith; and if married, was married in the Catholic Church by a priest or deacon. Each Godparent or Sponsor must attend a baptism class.  Only one official Godparent is required.  Others, however, may fully participate in the baptism as a Christian Witness.

Baptism Classes for Parents and Godparents

Our program provides information that helps parents and godparents fulfill their responsibility as the primary religious educators of the child. Both parents (and preferable Godparents) must attend our baptism class, either at PBVM or at any parish (attendance at another parish must be verified in writing). The baptismal classes are held every first Tuesday of the month at 6:00pm in the Immaculata.

Please call the rectory office at 916-481-7441 to schedule your baptism or complete the form/e-mail the information to chris@presentationparish.org below to start the process.

Baptismal Application Form

WHAT THE SAINTS SAY ABOUT BAPTISM

Baptism is the Sacrament of Faith. Now, dead faith does not suffice for salvation .. .Therefore, the Sacrament of Baptism cannot give salvation to a man whose will ... expels the form of faith.
- St. Thomas Aquinas

Knowing that there is one Baptism, we who hold the head and root of the One Church know for certain that to him who is outside the Church nothing is lawful. 
- St. Cyprian 

Baptism is not to be conferred on a man who is unwilling to give up his other sins, so neither should Baptism be given to one who is unwilling to renounce his unbelief. Nevertheless, each of them receives the Sacrament if it is conferred on him, although not unto salvation. 
- St. Thomas Aquinas 

Although among heretics and schismatics there is the same Baptism, nevertheless, the remission of sins is not operative among them because of the very rottenness of discord and wickedness of dissension ... Baptism was in them, but it did not profit them outside the Church ... Outside the Church, Baptism works death because of discord. 
- St. Augustine