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By Baptism we become members of the Church, the Body of Christ.

Baptism is the first sacrament celebrated in becoming members of the Catholic Church.  Saint Bernard celebrates communal baptisms, and is excited to guide you in initiating your child in the Catholic faith. 


The form can be emailed to you, or can be filled out by our office assistant. Please bring with you your child's birth certificate, and proof of already taking the class from parents and Godparents. It is a $50.00 donation which can be paid by cash, check or on our donation page. Please include your child's information when using our online giving page. 


Baptisms are celebrated every third Saturday of the month in English, and every fourth Saturday of the month in Spanish, at 10:00 a.m.  Please arrive by 9:30 a.m

Due to COVID-19 we are celebrating baptisms outside of the church. Please call our office for more information.


Until further notice St. Bernard will not hold any pre-baptismal classes.

Those who are seeking classes can take an online course provided by the LA Archdiocese.

The course is offered in both English and Spanish. You can complete the course at

If parents or Godparents attended a pre-baptismal class at another parish, they can provide the certificate or letter from that parish stating they attended the class.  We also accept classes that were taken within five years at St. Bernard.


St. Bernard is taking precautions to ensure the safety of everyone yet to let us continue the celebration of baptism.  We ask that you, your loved ones and guests- who will be attending the Rite of Baptismal- to please respect and follow our guidelines. 


  1. For infant baptisms, we baptize children under 7 years of age. If 7 or older, please register your child to Religious Education.

  2. Only Parents or Legal Guardians can ask their child to be baptized.

  3. One parent must be Catholic in order to ask their child to be baptized. If parents are not       Catholic, the child cannot be baptized.

  4. Parents cannot be a sponsor for their own child.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can a couple who are not married but living together ask their child to be baptized?

    • We ask that you ​choose people who follow the Catholic faith and have completed all sacraments.  Couples who are chosen as godparents must be married by the church.

  • Can two separate people who are not in a relationship baptize my child?

    • Yes. We expect the person you choose as godparents are catholics who live happily according to Mother Church´s commandments. It is required for them to have completed their sacraments: Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation.

  • Can my child have more than one pair of Godparents?

    • Yes they can, however only one pair will be added on the baptismal certificate.

  • Can my child have two Godmothers or two Gofathers?

    • No, as per Canon Law, only one godparent can be male and one female. The child can also have just one Godparent, either male or female.

  • What if we just want to take the class and baptize elsewhere?

    • We ask for a $50.00 donation which includes both parents and godparents taking the class and receiving their certificates of taking the class. 

    • At this time, we are not offering pre-baptismal classes.​

  • Why do you only offer communal baptisms?

    • Communal baptisms are the norm, as they are community celebrations for the entire parish.            Due to COVID-19, we are also offering private baptisms. Please contact the office for more information.

9647 Beach Street, Bellflower, CA 90706 

Phone: (562) 867-2337 • Fax: (562) 867-4863


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