St. Cyril of Jerusalem Parish,15520 Ventura Boulevard, Encino, California - St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church, 15520 Ventura Boulevard,  Encino, California 91436




According to the

Catechism of the Catholic Church

1213 Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons and daughters of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water and in the word.”

For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church's way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.

The Catholic Church sees baptism as the first and basic Sacrament of Christian initiation. In the Western or Latin Rite of the Church, Baptism is usually conferred today by pouring water three times on the recipient's head, while reciting the Baptismal formula: "I Baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (cf. Matthew 28:19). In the Eastern Catholic Churches of Byzantine Rite immersion or submersion is used, and the formula is: "The servant of God, N., is Baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." Though sprinkling is not normally used, its validity is accepted, provided that the water flows over the skin, since otherwise it is not a washing. The ordinary minister of the Sacrament is a Bishop or Priest, or (in the Western Church, but not in the Eastern Catholic Churches) a Deacon. In case of necessity, anyone intending to do what the Church does, even if that person is not a Christian, can Baptize. The sacrament frees from original sin and all personal sins, and from the punishment due to them. Baptism makes the person share in the Trinitarian life of God through "sanctifying grace", (the grace of justification that incorporates the person into the body of Christ and his Church), also making the person a sharer in the priesthood of Christ. It imparts the "theological" virtues (Faith, Hope, and Charity) and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and marks the Baptized person with a spiritual seal or character that indicates permanent belonging to Christ. Baptism is the foundation of communion between all Christians. The many symbols of Baptism include a white garment, symbolizing innocence and purity, a candle, symbolizing the Light of Christ, the Oil of Chrism, which is used to anoint the baby or candidate (Catechumen) being Baptized, and the water, which symbolizes cleansing and the washing away of sin.

Qualifications and Requirements for Baptism
1. Parents must be practicing Catholics and be active registered members of St. Cyril of Jerusalem Parish.
2. Must have received the three (3) Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
3. Godparents must have completed their sixteenth (16) year and cannot be the father or mother of the one receiving the Sacrament.
4. For Baptism, two Parents are suggested: one of each sex; however, only one Parent is required.
5. For Baptism, two Godparents are suggested: one of each sex; however, only one Godparent is required.

The Sacrament of Baptism at St. Cyril of Jerusalem Parish is communal and is held on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 2:00 pm

For Children Under 7 Years of Age
• Parent(s) Must present a copy of the Birth Certificate for the child who will be Baptized at the time of Baptismal Preparation Class registration.
• Baptismal registration form is to be filled out completely.
• Parent(s) and Godparent(s) are both Required to Attend One Baptismal Preparation Class
• To register for the Baptism Preparation Class, Parent(s) please contact the Parish Office:
email: -or- phone: 818.986.8234.
• **If a Baptismal Preparation Class has been completed at another Parish, please present a copy of the Certificate of Completion along with a Recommendation Letter from the Pastor of the Parish.
• Classes are scheduled on 1st Wednesday of each month at 7 pm in Saint Cyril School Faculty Lounge located at: 4548 Haskell Ave, Encino, CA 91436
• **Registration arrangements must be made with the Parish Office at: 818.986.8234 in advance of the Baptismal Preparation Class and to schedule the date of Baptism.

Godparent Requirements
• Godparents can be either married or single
• Must be 16 years old or older
• Must be practicing Catholics
• Must have made their First Communion and their Confirmation

Non St. Cyril of Jerusalem Parish Members
• Parent(s) and/or Godparent(s) must have an official letter of permission from their Parish Pastor.
• Parent(s) and/or Godparent(s) will also be asked to register in our Catholic Parish Community.

Children Over 7 Years of Age (K-9th Grade)
• Child must participate in the CCD Program where the child will receive the Sacraments of Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation at the same time after a period of preparation. Two consecutive years are required for Sacramental Reception for Baptism and Holy Eucharist. We offer classes for students in grades K-9th.

For information and registration into the CCD Program please contact Ray Perry at: email: -or- phone 818.789.5947

Adult Baptism
(18 years or older) 
• Adult must participate in the RCIA Program where the adult will receive the Sacraments of Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation at the same time after a period of preparation depending on each adult's own religious background and previous experience. Classes are scheduled on alternate Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Saint Cyril School Faculty Lounge at: 4548 Haskell Ave, Encino, CA 91436

For information and registration into the RCIA Program please contact Ray Perry at: email: -or- phone 818.789.5947

Please Note: NO Baptisms will be held during the Season of Lent between Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

Qualifications and Requirements for Baptism

For Information, please contact the Parish Office at or phone 818.986.8234


















































St Cyril of Jerusalem Parish
15520 Ventura Boulevard
(mail: 4601 Firmament Ave)
Encino, CA  91436
818- 986.8234

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