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
(this can be e-mailed with the registration form as well).
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. You must register for the baptismal class!
Please call the rectory office at 916-481-7441 to schedule your baptism or complete the form/e-mail the information to firstname.lastname@example.org to start the process.