TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD FOR BAPTISM AT ST. PHILIP THE APOSTLE:
-The parents(s) will need to register online you can click here to be redirected.
-The child’s Birth Certificate must be uploaded at the time of registration.
-A donation of $50.00 per child at time of registration. (Donation is not refundable)
-Parents and Godparents are required to attend a Baptism preparation class, if you have already attended a class in the last 2 years you can submit the certificate of attendance to [email protected]
In order to baptize your child at a different parish, most often the church of baptism will require a permission letter from your pastor and proof of attending a Baptism Preparation class. The class may be taken at St. Philip’s you can sign up here under the baptism tab. There is a $20.00 fee for the class and certificate of attendance (your certifcate of attendance will be sent to you via mail).
*No registration will be taken unless all parties have taken a Baptismal Preparation Class*
DIOCESE OF FRESNO POLICY FOR RECEPTION OF BAPTISM
For infant baptism:
-Infants should be baptized soon after birth, but sufficient time is necessary for the proper instruction.
-Children who are seven years of age or older must receive instruction in the Church before being baptized.
-The ordinary place for baptism is in the parish church attended by the parents.
-One of the parents or a legal guardian must request baptism.
-There must be a founded hope that the child baptized will be brought up in the Catholic religion.
-Godparents must have received Baptism, Confirmation and the Holy Eucharist, should be at least 16 years of age, and should be practicing Catholics who are able to give the example of a good Catholic life.
-There are normally to be two godparents, one man and one woman. If they are couple, must be married in the Catholic church.
-A baptized non-Catholic may not be a godparent but may be an official witness to the baptism, as long as there is one Catholic godparent.
-Baptism is not to be conferred until parents and godparents have attended pre-baptismal instruction. The responsibilities of parents and godparents are to be reviewed, as well as preparation for the celebration of the rite of baptism.
Children who are seven years of age or older must enroll for the appropriate RCIA program according to their age before being baptized.