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"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded of you" (Matthew 28:19-20).

Baptism is the first sacrament celebrated in the process of becoming a full member of the Church community. It is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.

Baptism is, like all the sacraments, a gift from God. Water is the universal symbol. Water is absolutely essential for all life. Water cleanses and restores. It is the waters of Baptism which give us new life. In accordance, through Baptism we die to ourselves in order to be restored and resurrected in the new life of Christ.

"The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1279). 

For Different Ages

Infants & Young Children (Age 6 or Younger)

The information below describes the process for having your child baptized.

Children (Age 7 and Older)

RCIA (adapted for older children) requires participation in Children's Faith Formation (CFF) or Youth Ministry. Monthly children's catechemunate sessions for children candidates and parents are scheduled through the DFYM. Participants must complete an CFF registration at www.stdominics.org/ministries/childformation. Contact the Director of Family and Youth Ministries, Kathy Folan at kathy@stdominics.org or (415) 567-7824 Ext. 111.

Adults (Age 18 and Older)

Please see the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program.

Infant and Children Baptism

Registered parishioners are invited to have their children baptized at St. Dominic's.  

In preparing for your child's baptism:

  • Parents must be active, registered parishioners at St. Dominic's Catholic Church.
  • Parents and godparents are required to complete a Baptism Preparation, please call Mrs. Lolita Clemenson at (415) 567-7824 Ext. 103 or email lolitaclemenson@stdominics.org for more information.
  • If the godparents live out of town, they must attend a class at one's local parish and send us a letter of good standing and proof of attendance.

To Begin

Baptisms in English

Contact Mrs. Lolita Clemenson
(415) 567-7824 Ext. 103

 Baptismal Questionnaire

Return to Mrs. Lolita Clemenson
At the parish office or
By email lolitaclemenson@stdominics.org or
By fax (415) 567-1608


Initial Request

  Attend the Baptismal Preparation Class. Click here for the Baptismal Prep Brochure.
  Return the  Baptismal Questionnaire.
  We will contact you to discuss dates.


  Clergy  _________________________________________
  Date/Time  ____________________________________
  Location _______________________________________


  Attend the Baptism Preparation Class. Click here for the Baptism Prep Brochure
  Choose Godparents


  Attend the Baptism Preparation Class. Click here for the Baptism Prep Brochure
  Obtain letters of good standing

Suggested Donations

  $150 for the church
  $100 for the clergy

Upcoming Baptismal Preparation Dates

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Reception of the Child

Celebration of God’s Word
  • Scriptural Readings and Homily
  • Intercessions
Prayer and Anointing Before Baptism

Celebration of the Sacrament
  • Renunciation of Sin and Profession of Faith
  • Baptism
  • Anointing with Chrism
  • Clothing with the White Garment
  • Lighted Candle
  • Ephphetha (or Prayer over Ears and Mouth)
Conclusion of the Rite
  • Lord’s Prayer
  • Blessing

Frequently Asked Questions

Does St. Dominic's do individual or group baptisms?

We do individual baptisms.

When do baptisms occur?

Typically on Saturday mornings.

Where in the church does the baptism occur?

 For 20 guests or fewer, we use the Baptistry. For larger groups, we use the Lady Chapel. The Lady Chapel is only available when there are no other events scheduled in the main church.

How many Godparents should we have? 

You should pick two godparents only. You should chose them based on their ability to help you raise your child in the belief and teachings of the Catholic Church.

Do both Godparents have to be Catholic?

No. Both godparents must be baptized Christians. At least one godparent must be Catholic and an active, registered parishioner of a parish. The role of Godparent isn't an honorary duty on the day of baptism, but a lifetime of shared faith with the child.