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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. 

Our Baptism registration form can be emailed or picked up at the Parish office. Please bring your child's birth certificate. We ask that you bring a certificate of completion if you have already taken a pre-baptismal class. There is a $50.00 donation which can be paid by cash or check. Registration must be completed before attending our pre-baptismal class.

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In person pre-baptismal classes are back in English and Spanish. It is a $10.00 donation per person. 

  • English class is every first Saturday of the month at 10:00 am, inside the Friendship Hall. 

  • Spanish class is every second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm, inside the Friendship Hall. 

  • 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.  That certificate is valid if classes were taken within two years.

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Baptisms are celebrated in English on the 3rd Saturday of the month and in Spanish, on the 4th Saturday of the month at 10:00 a.m.  Please arrive by 9:30 a.m. to meet with the coordinators.

Masks are optional.

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St. Bernard is taking precautions to ensure the safety of everyone yet to let us continue the celebration of baptism.  We ask everyone to kindly accept and follow the safety measures: practice social distancing and if you are sick or not feeling well, please stay home. 

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  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 baptize their children.

  3. One parent must be Catholic in order to baptize their child. 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 should 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. Certificate of Confirmation of both godparents will be required. 

  • 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 Godfathers?

    • 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, or none.

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

    • You can take the class only. We ask for a $10.00 donation per person taking the class. 

  • Why do you only offer communal baptisms?

    • Communal baptisms are the norm, as they are community celebrations for the entire parish.            


Avelina Jimenez

If your child that you want to baptized, is older than 7 years old, please contact Avelina to enroll your child to our religious education program. After two years, your child will also receive their First Communion along with their Baptism.

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