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Contact:  Sacrament Coordinator  |  (310) 566-1523  | 

Congratulations!  You may be awaiting the birth of your child, have a newborn, or have a child who is several months old.  No matter the stage of parenting you are currently in, you have been entrusted with a great gift from God.  In your role as parent, you will serve as the first and most influencial teacher of your child's faith (among other things).  We look forward to helping you in this role through 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.  At the baptism of a child (or any person), we celebrate and reflect on God's unconditional love and welcome him or her into our faith.

When are they held?

At St. Monica, we offer communal baptisms, held twice a month on Sundays and begin at 3:00 p.m. in the Church. Please arrive by 2:45 p.m. to check in with a hospitality minister.  There may be up to ten baptisms on any given date, so please be on time! We will consider private baptisms for illness or miltiary personnel.

Requirements
  •  At least one parent must be Catholic.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Both the parents and the godparents must attend 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

Contact:  Sacrament Coordinator  |  (310) 566-1523  | 

Congratulations!  You may be awaiting the birth of your child, have a newborn, or have a child who is several months old.  No matter the stage of parenting you are currently in, you have been entrusted with a great gift from God.  In your role as parent, you will serve as the first and most influencial teacher of your child's faith (among other things).  We look forward to helping you in this role through 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.  At the baptism of a child (or any person), we celebrate and reflect on God's unconditional love and welcome him or her into our faith.

When are they held?

At St. Monica, we offer communal baptisms, held twice a month on Sundays and begin at 3:00 p.m. in the Church. Please arrive by 2:45 p.m. to check in with a hospitality minister.  There may be up to ten baptisms on any given date, so please be on time! We will consider private baptisms for illness or miltiary personnel.

Requirements
  •  At least one parent must be Catholic.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Both the parents and the godparents must attend 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

Registration & Dates


Register any child under the age of 8  using the form and schedule below at least two months in advance of the date. Please note: No baptisms are held during Lent. 

 

Once you submit the form, we will review the information and contact you by email confirming your child's baptism date.  If you do not receive an email from us within 72 hours of submitting your form, contact us directly at (310) 566-1523.  Your baptism date is not confirmed until you receive that email.

 

  • To register children aged 8-17 years, contact Suzette Sornborger at or (310) 566-1541.
  • If you are 18 or older, contact Sr. Catherine Ryan at or (310) 566-1540.

 

Schedule

Baptisms are held on Sundays only (see dates below) at 3 pm in the church. There's a suggested donation of $125 for each child baptised, due on the baptism date. 

 

Please choose your dates ONLY from the schedule below. If the date you want is not shown here, it's because it's already full or unavailable.

2017
  • No available dates remaining.
2018

 

  • January 7, 14 & 21
  • February 4 & 11
  • April 8, 15 & 22
  • May 13 & 27
  • June 10 & 24

 

 

Child Information
Select your 1st and 2nd choice of dates from the schedule above.  Although we try, we cannot guarantee your first choice.  You will receive an email confirming the actual date of your child's baptism within 3 business days.
Parent Information
Godparent Information
  
  

 

Baptism Prep Class


St. Monica offers a two-part preparation class to all families planning a baptism  in order to help you better understand the Sacrament and Rite of Baptism and the role of parents and Godparents in the faith life of your child.  Baptism is our acceptance of Christ's invitation to participate in the deep mystery of the Cross. Through our preparation process, we will work with parents and godparents to understand this profound reality and be equipped to pass it on to their children. Classes are usually held on the second and third Wednesdays of each month.

 

Session 1: Parents are expected to attend the first session together as a couple. This is an opportunity for families to engage with our priests, staff, and members of the community. There will be the opportunity for a private conversation with one of the priests to help you get better acquainted with the parish.

 

Session 2: Parents are expected to attend the second session together with the godparents (if they are local). This session will cover the responsibilities of parents, godparents, and the community and how to work together to pass on the Catholic faith to our children. Please note: If the godparents are not local, parents are still expected to attend.

 

Classes are usually scheduled on Wednesdays, 7-8:30 pm. Please register to attend. 


Class Fee (for parents and godparents)

The fee to attend (one or both sessions)  is $15 per person; $25 for two  (beginning October 1, 2016).  payable by cash or check at the first class you attend or you can pay online with a debit or credit card.

 

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2017 Schedule

 

August 16, parents and godparents

 

September 20, parents and godparents

September 27, parents only (rescheduled from September 13)

 

October 11, parents only

October 18, parents and godparents

 

November 8, parents only

November 15, parents and godparents

 

There will be NO preparation sessions in the month of December 2017.

 

2018 Schedule

 

January 10, parents only

January 17, parents and godparents

 

February 14, parents only

February 21, parents and godparents

 

March 14, parents only

March 21, parents and godparents

 

April 11, parents only

April 18, parents and godparents

 

May 9, parents only

May 16, parents and godparents

 

June 13, parents only

June 20, parents and godparents

Choosing Godparents

 

When a child or an adult is baptized, he or she must have at least one godparent or sponsor (the terms are interchangeable). It is customary for children to have two godparents. When there are two, one must be male and the other female. Godparents must meet all of the following criteria, which are established by Canan Law and do not vary from place to place. Godparents must:

  1. be Catholic
  2. have been baptized, confirmed and received Communion
  3. be 16 or older
  4. must be living a life  consistent with their own baptismal vows.

This means that they must be practicing the faith, cannot be engaging in notorious sin, and cannot have taken public positions in opposition to Catholic faith or morals. If a sponsor is married, their marriage must be recognized by the Church. In general, if a potential sponsor is not a member of the parish where the baptism is to take place, he or she must obtain a letter or certificate from their own pastor which affirms that they meet the above requirements.

 

People sometimes object to the requirements for a sponsor, with the argument that parents should have freedom to choose the sponsor of a child who is to be baptized. In order to understand the Church's position, several points must be kept in mind. Baptism is not a private act. It is a public, official liturgy of the Church and welcomes someone into the Catholic Church. Therefore, the Church has the duty and obligation to require reasonable criteria for being a sponsor. The sponsor is to assist the parents and the child in living a Catholic life. In order to do so, the sponsor needs to provide good example of living that life. A person who is not Catholic, or who is not living in a way consistent with the faith, obviously cannot provide the example that is part of the task of being a godparent. The role of godparent is a role of service done in the name of the Church, and the person who is a sponsor should be capable of performing that service.

 

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Fees

 

Baptism

We ask you to help contribute to the ongoing support of the Church with a suggested donation of $125 per child (effective September 1, 2016).

 

You will be given an envelope to place your gift at the time your child is baptized. 

 

Baptism Prep Class

Beginning October 1, 2016, the fee for the Baptism preparation process is $15 per person, $25 for two people. This applies to parents and godparents for one or both classes.  Payable by cash or check at the first class you attend.

 

FAQs

 

  1. When will I receive the baptism certificate?
    You will receive it on the date of your child's baptism.

  2. Do both Godparents need to be confirmed?
    Yes,  the Catholic Church requires that both parents be confirmed.

  3. Can my child have two Godmothers or two Godfathers?
    No. As per Canon Law, only one godparent can be male and one female.

  4. Do I have to bring my own candle?
    No, we will provide one for your child to be taken home with you after the baptism.

  5. Can I pay the suggested donation by credit or debit card?
    No. We only accept cash and checks. Please make your check payable to St. Monica Catholic Church.

  6. Why do you only offer communal baptisms?
    Baptisms are community celebrations for the entire parish, so communal baptism is the norm.

  7. What if the dates listed don't work in our schedule?
    We do not normally schedule private baptisms. However, if do we make an exception, it is only because of illness or for military personnel who have a short window of availability before deployment.  Private baptisms are never held on a Sunday.

 


Mass

Mon - Fri:  6:30a, 8:00a, 12:10p

Sat:  8:00a, 5:30p

Sun:  7:30a, 9:30a, 11:30a, 1:15p, 5:30p

 

Confession

Mon - Fri:  5:30-6:00p

Sat:  4:30-5:00p

05Oct
Contemplative Meditation: Jim Finley Thursday, Oct 5 @ 7:30 PM
19Oct
Contemplative Meditation: Jim Finley Thursday, Oct 19 @ 7:30 PM
02Nov
Contemplative Meditation: Jim Finley Thursday, Nov 2 @ 7:30 PM

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