Baptism Preparation Class
All parents and godparents must attend a baptism preparation class either at St. Monica or another Catholic parish. No reservations necessary. All classes meet at 7:15p in the Duval Center unless otherwise indicated.
September 17, October 8, November 12, December 10
(310) 566-1523 | email
The Sacrament of Baptism
Baptism is the first Sacrament celebrated in the process of becoming a full member in the Catholic Church. The waters of Baptism symbolize life and death, washing and cleansing, and the mystery of new life out of death. Through Baptism we are reborn as daughters and sons of God. At the Baptism of a child (or any person), we celebrate and reflect on God's unconditional love. Baptism welcomes the child into our faith community.
The two godparents should be practicing Catholics who have been fully initiated into the Church through the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. (A baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted only in company with a Catholic sponsor.) Godparents represent the spiritual community of the parish. Being a godparent is much more than an honorary title. Through Baptism, godparents enter a life-long faith relationship with the child … an unbreakable bond.
1. Register your child for baptism (two months in advance of the date). REGISTER NOW >>
2. At least one parent must be a Catholic.
3. Godparent(s) must be at least 16 years old, a confirmed Catholic, practicing their faith, and be willing to accept the responsibility of supporting their godchild in faith.
4. If you have only one Godparent, then that person can be either male or female. If you have two Godparents, then one must be male and the other female.
5. Both the parents and the Godparents must attend the Baptism Preparation Class which we offer here at St. Monica. You may attend a class at another Catholic parish (please provide a certificate of completion with the Baptism Name and date of Baptism in the upper right hand corner, clearly printed). Mail the certificate to St. Monica Church, 725 California Avenue, Santa Monica, California 90403, Attention: Infant Baptism
2014: September 21 (FULL), September 28 (FULL); October 5, 12 (FULL); November 2, 16, 30; December 21, 28
2015: January 11, 18; February 1, 8, 15 (Feb. 18 is Ash Wed.--no baptisms during Lent); April 12, 19, 26; May 10, 31; June 14, 21.
Please note: This schedule is subject to change. Contact the Parish Office at (310) 566-1500 to confirm dates and ask for availability on the date you have chosen. No baptisms are held during Lent.
Baptisms begin at 3:00 p.m. in the Church. Please arrive by 2:45 p.m. to check in.
All the sacraments are free, the same as God's love for us. However, we ask you to help contribute to the ongoing support of the Church with a suggested donation of $100. Your gift should be given at the time your child is baptized.