The Sacrament of Baptism


Parents wanting to baptize a child younger than seven years at San Rafael Parish should complete the online Baptism Registration Form below or come to the parish office and ask for the form from any of our receptionists.

Parents must realize, when asking for baptism of their child, that they will be promising, before God, to train their child in the practice of the faith and they will also be accepting the duty to bring their child up to keep God’s commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbor.  Parents from another parish wishing to baptize their child at San Rafael Parish will be required to provide a letter of permission from their pastor.

The Baptism Registration Form may be submitted online, or filled in and signed, it should be returned to the receptionist.  Parents will be contacted within two weeks and they will be advised of the required paperwork and preparation.  We always ask parents and godparents to attend a pre-baptismal class (if they have not done so in the past two years).  Parents may be asked to meet with a parish deacon or priest.  It is the responsibility of the parents to contact the parish office by calling (858)487-4314 and make the appointment.


Godparents are present in order to represent both the expanded spiritual family of the one to be baptized and the role of the Church as a mother. As occasion offers, godparents help the parents so that children will come to profess the faith and live up to it.

Godparents must meet the following requirements as specified in Canon law:

  • Be at least 16 years old.
  • Have received all Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist
  • Practice their Catholic faith by joining every Sunday in the celebration of the Mass and receiving Communion
  • No cohabiting.  If married, the marriage must have been celebrated according to the Rite of the Catholic Church.
  • Be a registered parishioner of a Catholic parish.

Some proof of the godparents meeting these requirements may be required by the preparer.  As a minimum, at least one godparent must meet all the listed requirements.


Pre-Baptismal Classes

The preparation for baptism is of vital concern to God’s people, the Church, which hands on and nourishes the faith received from the apostles.

We regularly have pre-baptismal classes the first Tuesday of the month.  Please confirm availability and your intention to attend by calling the parish office at (858)487-4314.

We accept certificates of attendance to pre-baptismal seminars or classes from any Catholic Church.