St. Bernards is excited to celebrate your child's baptism!
There are three “sacraments of Christian initiation” – Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist. Baptism is the door by which we enter the Church, the primary sacrament of forgiveness of sin, the “new birth” which officially makes us children of God. In Baptism a person is dedicated to Jesus Christ and committed to following his Gospel.
Adults are normally baptized as part of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) which is the process by which they are evangelized and catechized for full reception into the Catholic Church. Infants and children are likewise called to Baptism because they share in our fallen human nature and are tainted by original sin.
The Catholic Church obliges parents to have their infants baptized soon after birth. The Church also mandates that the parents be properly catechized for the infant’s baptism and that those chosen to be godparents should be at least 16 years old, should have received all three Sacraments of Initiation, and should be actively practicing the faith.
Baptisms at St. Bernard are typically on the second Sunday of each month following the 11 A Mass. To have your baby or child (under age 7) baptized, contact the Pastoral Associate for details.
If this is your first child to be baptized, a meeting will be set to with the Pastoral Associate to review and to learn about the Sacrament and the joy of becoming a child of God.
Please call the parish office to make an appointment.
Click for Baptism and/or Godparent forms.
To watch an informative video on Catholic baptism, Click here