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Baptism

What does it mean to be Baptized in the Catholic Church?

Baptism is the first Sacrament of Christian Initiation. To baptize means to “plunge” or to “immerse” into the water. Baptism is birth into a new life in Christ. It frees us from original sin and incorporates us into his Body, the Church.

What are the requirements for having my child baptized?
To have your child Baptized, it is asked that you complete the Baptism Packet. To obtain a packet, you may come in to the parish office or you can print one out from here.  ( English form or Spanish Form )

Page 1: GENERAL PROCEDURES FOR SCHEDULING BAPTISMS
Page 2: BAPTISMAL DATA REGISTER
Page 3: SPONSOR ELIGIBILITY FORM (One form FOR EACH sponsor)

Do I need to be a registered parishioner with Corpus Christi to have a Baptism?
It is asked that you are Registered with Corpus Christi AT LEAST ONE MONTH prior scheduling a Baptism. If you are registered at another parish, a signed and sealed letter of permission is required from the parish stating that the family has permission to have the Baptism done at Corpus Christi. 

When are Baptisms held?
Baptisms are held EVERY SUNDAY at 3:30pm and are as followed:

1st & 2nd Sunday ENGLISH
3rd Sunday SPANISH
4th Sunday BILINGUAL
5th Sunday NO BAPTISMS

We ask that families and godparents are at the church 15 minutes before the Baptism (3:10-3:15pm) so that we may start promptly at 3:30.

Please keep in mind that Baptismal Dates are ONLY given and scheduled once the family has completed the Baptismal Packet and ALL requirements are fulfilled. Requirements are due at least TWO WEEKS prior the chosen date. Incomplete/Partial packets will NOT be accepted and will ONLY be accepted once all paperwork is present and completed. Payments will NOT be accepted prior the completion of the packet. We will only accept payments once all of the required documents and the packet is complete and present.

What do I need to bring the day of the Baptism?
On the day of the Baptism, make sure the child is in ALL WHITE. Candles for the primary godparents will be provided. If the family wishes to bring additional candles for the additional family members that will be present, you are welcome to do so. If you are planning on gifting a rosary or bible for the child being baptized, our deacons may do a blessing during the Baptism. If not, you can approach the celebrating Deacon to do a quick blessing for you.

Does Corpus Christi perform private Baptisms?
There are no private Baptisms.

Do I have to take a Pre-Baptismal Seminar?
Seminars are MANDATORY for both the parents and primary godparents of the child being Baptized. Sign ups for the Seminar can ONLY be done by calling or coming into the parish office. Sign ups will only be accepted until the FRIDAY before the upcoming class (3 days before). Same day/day of sign ups are NOT accepted. YOU MUST be signed up for the seminar in order for you to attend the class. Pre-Baptismal Seminars are open to registered parishioners only. For non-registered parishioners, there will be a $50 fee per couple. Payments will be accepted at the Parish Office during normal office hours.

The English seminars will be given on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7:15 pm at the Back Chapel of the church.

The Spanish seminars will be given on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm at the Back Chapel of the church.

Please keep in mind that seminars are only valid for two years.

We ask kindly to please not bring any children to the seminars as this causes interruptions in the class. Thank You.

How old does my child have to be, to be eligible for an Infant Baptism?
Children at or under the age of 6 can be baptized as an infant. If the child is 7 years old or up (except in emergency cases) the child is required to participate in a two-year program of preparation to receive all the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation). This program is called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC). Please contact the Director of Religious Education to begin the process or for more information.

What if I am an adult and I would like to be Baptized?
Adults are required, except in emergency cases, to participate in a yearlong program of formation culminating in the celebration of full initiation into the Catholic Church at the celebration of the Easter Vigil. This program is called the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Please contact the Director of Faith Formation to begin this process or for more information. 

  • For more information or to schedule a baptism for children UNDER 7 years of age, please contact Sister Margarita Monday-Thursday between the hours of 9:00am - 2:00pm.
  • For baptisms for children OVER 7 years of age, please contact Mike Wickham, Director of Faith Formation, at 619-482-3954 option 3 or email at [email protected].
  • For ADULT BAPTISMS, please contact Glenda O'Grady at [email protected]