Adults Seeking to Become Catholic
Please call our Adult Faith Coordinator at (619) 574-5703 to inquire about the process for becoming Catholic.
Prayerful best wishes as you prepare to give your child the gift of Baptism into the Catholic faith! Following are some guidelines to help us facilitate the process for you.
Any Catholic may have their child baptized at The Immaculata by following the requirements of their local parish. After all requirements at the parish have been satisfied, you should request a letter of permission from your parish pastor.
Canon Law Requirements:
- At least one parent must be a Roman Catholic
- Consent of both parents or the responsible guardian.
- An assurance that the child will be brought up as a Catholic.
- A child 7 years or older must be prepared for Baptism through our parish religious education program.
It is suggested that you begin this process at least three months before the date that you would like the Baptism to take place. Baptisms at The Immaculata take place on the 3rd Sunday of the month after the 11:00 Mass (except for the Season of Lent). The Baptism may be scheduled only after meeting the above requirements.
Godparents: Generally there are two godparents, one male and one female. However, only one godparent is required. Godparents must be active practicing Catholics who have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation. If godparents are married, they must have a sacramental marriage. Godparents must have a form signed by their pastor stating they are qualified to be godparents, and the form should have the parish seal. The form should be returned to the parents who then submit it to our parish office. In addition to a qualified Catholic godparent, there could be a Christian Witness, someone of another faith tradition who has never been Catholic.
Baptism Preparation Seminar: The seminar is open to anyone who needs to participate in such a class. It is generally held the first Tuesday of the month from 7:00-9:00 PM in Madonna Hall – a room inside The Immaculata church. There is no charge for the class, but we ask that you pre-register.
Please call Anne Rising, the parish Director of Catechetical Ministry, when you are ready to begin the process. The phone number is (619) 574-5702.
First Communion preparation for children takes place in 2nd grade within the religious education program.
Confirmation is generally a two-year program within the religious education program. Generally students begin Confirmation preparation in 9th grade, and are confirmed in 10th grade. The Diocese of San Diego requires that youth be at least 15 years of age to receive this sacrament.
Adults needing to be confirmed should call the Adult Education office: (619) 574-5703.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance) is offered on Saturdays from 3:30 to 4:15 PM at the church, or any time by appointment. Please call (619) 574-5700 if you wish to make an appointment. There is a communal penance service during Advent, and one during Lent that includes an opportunity for individual confession.
Preparation for children for the Sacrament of Reconciliation takes place within our 2nd grade religious education class.
Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick
Please call the parish office at (619) 574-5700 to request Communion for the Sick, Visitation, or Anointing of the Sick. Please note that Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament of healing. This sacrament is appropriate for those who are infirm because of age, preparing for surgery, or seriously ill. In cases of emergency, a priest may be contacted at any time.
Sacrament of Matrimony
Arrangements should be made at least nine months prior to the desired date of your wedding. Please call (619) 574-5704 to arrange for the preparation towards and celebration of marriage.
Please talk with the pastor if you are interested in the priesthood or the permanent diaconate.