St. Mary’s by the Sea Catholic Church celebrates the Sacrament of Baptism for children of registered parishioners on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 1:30 pm (after the noon Mass). This schedule does deviate slightly during special periods of the liturgical year such as Lent.

If you would like to schedule a baptism, it is now mandatory to meet with the Pastor beforehand to discuss the seriousness of your child receiving the Sacrament. Only at that time will you be able to schedule the date. In addition, you must be a registered parishioner at least six months prior to requesting a Baptism. If you are not, we invite you to join our Church and spend the six month waiting period by getting to know our Parish and possibly learn more about one of our ministries. If you are a non-parishioner but would like to have your child baptized here, a letter of permission is required from the Church you attend and signed by its Pastor. You must have this letter to give the Office at the time you first request a Baptism.

Please read the Baptism booklet for a complete list of requirements.


We ask for a $75 donation per child for registered parishioners and $125 per child for non-parishioners. This is due 30 days prior to the baptism.

Baptism DATES for 2024 (The 3rd Sunday of the month at 1:30 pm):

January 21st  April 21st July 21st  October 20th
February 18th   May 19th August 18th    November 17th
March 17th June 16th   September 15th   December 15th


 Baptism Preparation classes

     It is mandatory that both parents and godparents attend a Baptism Preparation course prior to the child’s baptism. Since St. Mary’s by the Sea is not currently offering this, you are welcome to take the class elsewhere and provide us with a certificate of completion.

In addition, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has developed an online Infant Baptism course. If you would like to utilize this option, please go to and click the box to begin the course. You will be issued a certificate at the conclusion which you can give to us before your child’s baptism.