Baptism

Baptism is the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through water, we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ.*  Anyone who has not yet been baptized is able to receive the sacrament of baptism.  

 

For Regular Baptisms (up to age 7):  Scheduled on Sundays 

Baptism Requirements

  • Parents need to meet with one of our priests or Sister Sara Michael King. Please call the parish office at 408-251-7055 to set up an appointment.  

  • Parents and godparents must attend a Baptism Preparation class within the last 3 years. **

  • A copy of the child's birth certificate must be submitted (or a Declaration of Paternity if parents are not married).

  • Godparents need to be practicing Catholics and must be fully initiated in the Catholic faith (must have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Communion, Confirmation).

  • If Godparent is married, he/she must be married in the Catholic church.

  • ​When there are two Godparents, one has to be male and the other female.

  • If family doesn't live within St. Victor parish boundary, they need to get a permission letter from their parish allowing them to have their child baptized at St. Victor.

  • Baptism Classes and Preparation required, at a Fee of $100, to have a child baptized with the regular Sunday schedule.

For Private Baptisms: (Scheduled outside of our regular Sunday schedule) -- to be considered based on availability of the church and of a priest

  • All of the Baptism Requirements stated above.

  • Baptism Classes and Preparation required, at a Fee of $200, to have a child baptized privately (outside the regular Sunday schedule).

NOTES:

  • Baptism Preparation classes are on Thursdays (not every week) from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Parish Center**

  • **Due to COVID restrictions, we are not able to have in-person preparation classes at this time, however, an online course is available at www.catechismclass.com. Go to the site, then go to Sacramental Preparation, and then take the "Programs for Godparent Prep" .  This is good for both parents and godparents. A pre-baptismal class certificate is given after  the class.   There is a separate  fee of $28 for this online class, per certificate.  The parents can take the class together and it will generate one certificate for the parents.  Godparents are also required to take the class. 

  • Regular Baptisms are on Sundays @ 2:00 p.m., except on the 2nd Sunday of the month, in which baptisms are during the 12:15 p.m. Mass.​

  • Private Baptisms will be considered based on availability of the church and of a priest

 

Baptisms of Adults and of Children over age 7:

Adults preparing for Baptism follow the RCIA process (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). Children over the age of seven are prepared through the Children's Catechumenate.  Please call Sister Sara Michael King at the Parish Office for information regarding the Adult and Children's Catechumenate: 408-251-7055.

*http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__P3G.HTM

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