"As you prepare for the Baptism of your child, the Church and your parish communityoffer your family their support. Together, we can begin to undertake the Christian upbringingof your child and explore the meaning of Baptism not just for the day of the ceremony, but for life!”-- Rev. Msgr. John F. Barry, Celebrating Baptism; A Journal for Families.
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.
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.)
To help you be ready for your child's Baptism, we require a Baptismal interview with the parents and one Baptism preparation class for parents and godparents.
The First Step in the planning of your child's baptism is to meet privately with Deacon Fred Rose.
In that interview, which generally lasts 15-30 minutes, we obtain the legal information for the records, and answer questions you may have. Godparents are not required to come to this interview.
Please contact Deacon Fred to make an appointment.
To help you be ready for your child's Baptism, we require that the parents and godparents attend one baptism preparation class, following the Baptismal interview. You do not need to make an appointment to take the class (after your interview)- just show up.
Both the class and the separate interview must occur before the Baptism takes place.
To have a child baptized at American Martyrs Church, the family should be registered.
If you are not registered, please do so at the Parish Center Office.
Registration cards will also be available at the Baptism Preparation classes and at the interview.
Baptisms are held the first three Sundays of each month (except during Lent -- there are no Baptisms during Lent). Parents, godparents, family and friends of the child being baptized should be at the Church by 12:45pm.
The Baptisms begin at 1:00 pm and should be done by 2:30pm.
BAPTISM CONTACTS: Deacon Fred Rose, 310-545-5651
“May almighty God, who has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit,generously bless all of us who are God's faithful children. May we always live as God's people,and may God bless all here present with God's peace.”-- Rite of Baptism for Children, #70.