Baptism is the first of three Sacraments of Initiation (followed by Eucharist and Confirmation) which complete an individual’s membership to the Catholic Community.
Baptism marks an individual as a follower of Christ. The baptized person promises to direct his or her life towards God and God’s desires. When infants are baptized, parents and godparents make these promises for the child, and the parents and godparents are then responsible for raising and educating the child so that he or she understands and comes to believe in these promises.
At All Saints Parish,
Infant Baptism (Baptism for children 0-6 years old)
is offered to registered members of the parish. Infant Baptisms are held on the third Saturday in Spanish at 9:00am and the fourth Saturday of each month at 9:00am in English. Parents and Godparents are required to attend an informational meeting before the Baptism.
If you are already a registered member of the parish and would like to begin arranging the baptism of your newborn to 6-year-old child, please contact the Church Office (510) 581-2570 to begin the process.
If you are not a registered member of All Saints and would like to register in the parish, please attend the Welcome Sunday meeting following the 11:00 a.m. Mass on the last Sunday of each month.
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Baptism for children 7 to 18 years old is arranged by contacting the Church Office (510) 581-2570 to begin the process. Unbaptized children will be enrolled in one year of Faith Formation Classes (which meet on Sunday Mornings after the 9:00 a.m. Family Mass). In their second year of formation, they will attend 4 Monday evening meetings with their parents to learn and prepare together for their Baptism. In addition, parents and children will attend 12 Bilingual Sacramental Sessions in the evening. The children will be baptized (and receive their first Communion and in some cases, Confirmation) at the Easter Vigil Mass in the Spring.
Adults who would like to be baptized and become Catholic are welcome to join the
RCIA process. RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
) is an on-going process of prayer, education, and ritual that assists adults in discerning their call to become Catholic. (More information can be found on the RCIA page of this website.) To inquire more about the RCIA process, please call the church office (510) 581-2570.
For more information about Baptism, consider reading these articles from American Catholic.org: