Adults Seeking to Become Catholic

Please call Laura Martin-Spencer, our Adult Faith Coordinator, at (619) 574-5703 to inquire about the process for becoming Catholic.

Infant Baptism

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. Parents should give the form to their chosen godparents who should read over the requirements. Parents would then submit the signed form to the parish office. There may be a Christian Witness in place of one of the Roman Catholic godparents. Please note that a Christian Witness is someone baptized in another Christian faith tradition that begins in the Trinity. It cannot be someone who left the Catholic Church for another faith tradition, or someone who is Catholic but does not meet the Canon Law requirements.

1-Hour Baptism Preparation Seminar: The seminar is open to anyone who needs to participate in such a class. It is generally held the first Monday of the month from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in Madonna Hall (located in the northeast corner of the church). However, dates and times are subject to change, so please contact Angela Burchak by emailing her at If you prefer to leave her a phone message, please call the parish office at (619) 574-5708.


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 contact Laura Martin-Spencer at (619) 574-5703.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance) is offered on Saturdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. 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.

Below are other churches that offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation on other days/times of the week.

Our Lady of Guadalupe in San Diego, just south of downtown: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Fridays from 7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m., Saturdays from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Our Lady of the Rosary in Little Italy: Saturdays from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Weekdays from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

St. Anne in San Diego, just south of downtown: Mondays-Thursdays 6:45 a.m., Fridays 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Saturdays 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., and Sundays before Mass.

St. Joseph Cathedral in Downtown: Tuesdays 6:30 a.m. - 6:50 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. - 11:55 a.m., Saturdays 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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 Holy Eucharist 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. See the Wedding page under About the Parish tab. Also you may contact our wedding director at (619) 574-5704 to arrange for the preparation towards and celebration of marriage.

Holy Orders

Please talk with the pastor if you are interested in the priesthood or the permanent diaconate.

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