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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. 

REGISTRATION

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. 

PRE-BAPTISMAL CLASSES

In person pre-baptismal classes are back in English and Spanish. 

  • English class is every first Saturday of the month at 10:00 am, inside the Friendship Hall. Please wear a face mask and practice social distancing.

  • Spanish class is every second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm, inside the Friendship Hall. Please wear a face mask and practice social distancing. 

  • 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.

BAPTISMAL CELEBRATION

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.

In December, Baptisms will be Bilingual

Due to COVID-19, we are asking those who are unvaccinated to wear masks at all times throughout the ceremony. 

COVID-19 SAFETY

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: wear a mask, practice social distancing and if you are sick or not feeling well, please stay home. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  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.

  • 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.

  • During Covid-19, can I invite guests to the ceremony?

    • Yes, ​guests are allowed. 

  • 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. 

  • Why do you only offer communal baptisms?

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