The Sacrament of Baptism is often called “The door of the Church,” because it is the first of the seven sacraments not only in time but in priority, since the reception of the other sacraments depends on it. Once baptized, a person becomes a member of the Church.
Infant Baptisms are celebrated on the fourth Sunday of the month at 1:30 p.m. (following 12:30 Mass) except during Lent, when baptisms are not celebrated. Parents of the infant must be registered Good Shepherd parishioners (Online Registration is available) and are asked to attend a Baptism Preparation Session, which is normally held from 7 to 9 p.m. on the Thursday prior to the fourth Sunday of the month.
Godparents are also asked to attend the preparation session. If godparents live too far away to attend the preparation session at Good Shepherd, they may attend at their own parish and provide written confirmation from that parish that they attended a preparation session. You may have more than one godparent for your child, but at least one godparent is required to be a fully initiated Catholic. It is best if the godparents are people who play a significant role in the life of the child, and who will remain a religious and spiritual support as the child grows to adulthood.
An infant baptism information form must be filled out and submitted to the Parish Center. Please remember that baptisms are not celebrated during Lent. For more information regarding Infant Baptism, and to schedule Baptism for your child, please contact the Parish Center at 310 285 5425. You may email the form to Joan Vos.
Please note the date of regularly scheduled baptisms (and make sure it is not during Lent) before planning a baptism. Please inform relatives of the regularly scheduled date before they make their travel plans. Exceptions are made only for significant family scheduling difficulties.
Adult Baptism is part of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Christian Initiation for Adults consists of two phases, that of inquiry and that of a catechumen.
The first phase (inquiry) is a time for questions. Set in an open atmosphere, this stage allows for the investigation of the Catholic Church: what Catholics believe, the sacraments and other matters of interest to anyone embarked on a faith journey.
The second phase (that of a catechumen) is a time of commitment. As a catechumen, and after discernment, the individual, together with others who have made a similar decision, proceeds along a spiritual path which leads toward baptism, communion, and confirmation. At this point, the focus is on various elements of Christian theology and experience: prayer, the Holy Scriptures, the sacraments, the Mass, and the Catholic life.
Although the program tends to begin in the fall, people interested are welcome at any time. There is no time limit, as each faith journey is personal. Anyone who wants to join can contact Sister Virginia at the Good Shepherd Parish Office.
For more information, please contact Sister Virginia Stehly, C. S. J., Director, RCIA and Adult Confirmation at (310) 285-5425.