Baptism

Baptism takes away original sin, all personal sins and all punishment due to sin. It makes the baptized person a participant in the divine life of the Trinity through sanctifying grace, the grace of justification which incorporates one into Christ and into his Church. It gives one a share in the priesthood of Christ and provides the basis for communion with all Christians. It bestows the theological virtues and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. A baptized person belongs forever to Christ. He is marked with the indelible seal of Christ (character).

-Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 263


The Mission is a popular place for baptisms and weddings. As such, Priests and Deacons at the Mission can only commit to baptizing children of registered parishioners who are active in the Mission Community and attend Sunday Mass at the Mission.

Baptism Preparation Classes – Open to all without pre-registration, including parishioners, non-parishioners, parents, and Godparents. Parents desiring to have their child baptized are required to take a baptism preparation class. Baptism preparation classes at the Mission take place monthly, usually the First Saturday of the month. These classes will be held in-person in St Francis Chapel from 10:00am to 11:30am.

New! Online classes are accepted now at this parish.

 

Requirements for Parents – Parents should be married in the Catholic Church. If not, they should talk with the priest or deacon celebrating the baptism so that they can work towards celebrating a marriage in the Catholic Church.

Requirements for Godparents – Godparents must be Baptized and Confirmed Catholics who have received their first Holy Communion. If they are married, they must be married in the Catholic Church. If they are single, they must NOT be cohabitating. The simple reason is; if you are not living your faith, you cannot correctly hand it on (you can’t give what you don’t have).

Godparents who will participate in a baptism at the Mission, must also provide documentation that they meet the requirements for godparents. Either a letter of good standing from their parish priest vouching that they meet the requirements, or by providing an updated baptism certificate which they can obtain from their parish of baptism.

 

Baptism Dates – Baptisms will be celebrated on the first and third Sunday of the Month. You will have the opportunity to choose the month / date at the baptism preparation class.

 

To inquire for Baptisms or the Baptism Preparation Class, email our receptionist, Naomi Gonsalves, at ngonsalves@missionsandiego.org, or contact the parish office at (619) 283-7319