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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.  St. Bernard celebrates communal baptisms, and is excited to guide you in initiating your child in the Catholic faith.  

Classes will resume beginning August 1st. 

REGISTRATION

There are two ways to register:

When attending our pre-baptismal class, registration forms will be available to fill out. Please bring a copy of your child's birth certificate.

The form can also 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. 

BAPTISMAL CELEBRATION & CLASSES

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.

 

Pre-baptismal classes are held every first Saturday of the month, from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Please wear a mask when attending the class. 

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 two years at St. Bernard.

COVID-19 SAFETY

St. Bernard is taking precautions to ensure the safety of everyone yet to let us continue the celebration of baptism. Guidelines will be discussed during our pre-baptismal class, as well as if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the office. We ask that you, your loved ones and guests who will be attending the mass to please respect and follow our guidelines. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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

2.  Only Parents or Legal Guardians can baptize the child.

3.  One parent can be Catholic in order to baptize their child as a Catholic. If parents are not          Catholic, the child cannot be baptized.

4.  Parents cannot be a sponsor.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can a couple who are not married but living together baptize my child?

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

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

    • Yes.  Again, we do ask that the people you choose are practicing the Catholic faith and have completed their sacraments: Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation.  

  3. Can my child have more than one pair of Godparents?

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

  4. Can my child have two Godmothers or two Gofathers?

    • ​As per Canon Law, only one godparent can be male and one female. The child can also have just one Godparent.

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

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

  6. Why do you only offer communal baptisms?

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

9647 Beach Street, Bellflower, CA 90706 

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

Email: office@saintbernardcc.org

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