What is the Sacrament of Baptism?
Baptism is a rite of initiation into the Catholic Church, a welcoming of your child into the Christian family. Through Baptism we receive the grace of God and become sharers in the Church’s mission.
When are children baptized at St. John Fisher?
In order that we, as a community, can properly welcome your child into the Christian family, it is customary at St. John Fisher to baptize infants during the 12:30 pm Mass on the fourth Sunday of the month.
What is the process to have my child baptized?
The process starts with an interview with one of the parish priests. You may call the Parish Office (310-377-5571) to schedule an interview. Before meeting with the priest, please complete the following:
- Download the information packet below:
Baptism Registration Packet (43.0 KiB)
- Read the Procedures to Prepare Your Child for Infant Baptism. (They are in the Baptism Registration Packet, as well as below on this page.)
- Print out and complete the Registration Form (found in the Baptism Registration Packet) and bring it with you to your interview.
What if my child is older (over 5)?
Because older children are capable of learning about their faith,those who have already had their sixth birthday or begun first grade must take religious instruction before being baptized. Please call the Offices of Faith Formation (310-377-4573) for information about these special classes.
II. Registration and Interview
Call the parish (310-377-5571) for an appointment with one of the priests. BOTH PARENTS must be present for the interview.
Fill out the registration form completely just before the interview and present it to the priest.
If you live in this parish and are not registered, please come fifteen minutes before your scheduled appointment with the priest to fill out a parish registration form for your family.
The priest will interview the parents and schedule them for the prebaptismal class. Before the class, Misty Jesse, Director of Evangelization, will contact them to confirm their class registration and review the godparents’ permission form.
III. Prebaptismal Class
Both parents must attend the prebaptismal class. The purpose of this class is to gain a fuller appreciation of the sacrament of Baptism and what it means to raise a child in the Catholic faith. This class takes place on a Monday evening. An interview with one of the parish priests is required prior to attending this class.
IV. Celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism
Upon completion of the prebaptismal class and receipt of the godparents’ forms, a date for the celebration will be confirmed. Baptisms ordinarily take place on the fourth Sunday of the month during the 12:30 Mass. However, if you have a priest from outside the parish whom you wish to perform the sacrament, he is most welcome. Please inform the interviewing priest at the time of registration when you wish to have your child baptized. It can be tentatively scheduled at that time and confirmed after the class is completed. If the priest is from outside the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, he needs a letter from his bishop concerning his suitability for ministry.
Misty Jesse at 310-377-4573 x130 or via email.