As the foundational Christian sacrament, baptism gives people a share in the life and mission of Jesus Christ. The baptized no longer belong to themselves, but to God. It is the first step in a life-long journey of discipleship—following and obeying Jesus Christ.
Adults who are not baptized may prepare for this sacrament of Initiation into the Catholic Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.) program. More about RCIA.
Families prepare together for the baptism of infants and toddlers. Parents are encouraged to begin the preparation process before their child is born. Baptism celebrations are usually held on scheduled Sundays following the 11:00am Mass. For children who are infants to age 6, parents should be practicing Catholics and have made Santa Sophia Catholic Church their primary parish community. Children of catechetical age (7 and up) prepare for Baptism through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (R.C.I.C.). Email or call the Catechetical Ministry Office (619) 463-6011 for more information about the full process to schedule a Baptism. More about R.C.I.C.
Parents must give prayerful consideration to choosing godparents for their children, because godparents, together with the child’s parents, publicly profess the Catholic Faith into which the child is baptized. A godparent accepts the responsibility of helping the child grow in the Catholic Faith. A godparent agrees to help the parents teach the child about the Faith and how to live as a practicing Catholic.
To be a godparent, one must be at least sixteen years of age, have already received all of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion), attend Mass regularly, and be living in a way that demonstrates that their faith is strong enough to be able to fulfill the responsibilities of being a godparent. A godparent who is married must be married in the Catholic Church. One godparent is required. Two may be chosen. If two are chosen, one must be a man and the other a woman (godfather and/ or godmother). A baptized non-Catholic Christian may serve with one Catholic godparent as a Christian witness to the baptism. Learn more