Baptism welcomes us into a life of following Jesus Christ. Baptism washes away our sins, incorporates us into the Church, and makes us members of the Body of Christ. Babies should be baptized within the first few weeks after birth; however, all who are willing are welcome at any age.
Baptism – Infants
Here is the process:
- Email OCCatholicDeaf@rcbo.org inquiring about baptism for your child.
- Schedule a baptismal preparation class for parents and Godparents.
- Discuss with Fr. Scott which Church you would like to have your child baptized at.
- Finalize the day of the baptism at that particular church.
There is a $50 suggested donation to the Catholic Deaf Community. This fee you may pay online here. In the comments section include baptism fee for child’s name. Also, the church where the child to be baptized may have their own separate fee.
Baptismal Preparation Class
Both parents and both godparents* are required to attend a baptism preparation class. (*The Godparent(s) must have received the sacrament of Confirmation.) Baptism classes are scheduled as needed and/or arranged with each particular family. Classes are done via zoom. Contact OCCatholicDeaf@rcbo.org to schedule a day and time.
Baptism of Children (ages 7 and up)
Please contact Fr Scott Allen at (562)-296-9005 or email@example.com
In Danger of Death
If your child is in danger of death, please call the parish office for an emergency baptism.
If the danger of death is imminent, any person may be the minister of baptism. Omitting all other ceremonies, you should pour water (not necessarily blessed, but real and natural water) on the head of the person in danger of death, while saying:
[Name], I baptize you in the name of the Father, (The minister pours water over the head the first time.)
and of the Son, (The minister pours water over the head the second time.)
and of the Holy Spirit. (The minister pours water over the head the third time.)
It is desirable that should be one or two witnesses. If able to do this, an adult candidate is required to make a profession of faith, such as the Apostles’ Creed, before being baptized.
Notify the parish office as soon as possible if you have baptized someone who was in danger of death.