Welcome to Good Shepherd Catholic Church. We are delighted to congratulate you on this happy occasion of your child’s baptism. The Sacrament of Baptism initiates your child into the Faith Community of Good Shepherd, and we invite you to worship with us as a family on a regular basis. We encourage all families to get involved in the spiritual life of the parish. 

For children ages seven and under, parents are required to take the baptism class.  Children eight years old and older must be enrolled in our religious education program (CFF).  More information about CFF.

Our monthly in person baptism class is suspended until further notice.  However, we do offer an online baptism class through Agape Ministries for the parents and godparents to complete together.  At the completion of the online instruction, a certificate will be emailed to you.  At that time, you can complete the Baptismal Certificate Information Form and email it to  Once we receive the certificate of completion for the baptism class and the baptism certificate information form, we can schedule your child's baptism.

Online Baptism Preparation Class

If you are a godparent who needs to take a baptism class, please contact us at the number/email below.

Baptisms are on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month at 10:00 am (except during Lent). These are group baptisms limited to 10 children.   

You may contact the office at (916) 684-5722 or email Monica Goodale, our Baptism Coordinator, at if you have any additional questions.


Click here to view/print the Baptism Welcome Letter.

Click here to view/print the Baptismal Certificate Information Form.

Click here to view/print the Godparents' Information Sheet.

Click here to view/print the Godparent Verification Form.  (This form is to be filled out by all Catholic Godparents, regardless of parish of registration.)


Why Do We Baptize Babies?

Why Baptizing Your Baby Is the Most Important Thing You Can Do

The Role of Godparents

Belonging: Baptism in the Family of God Role of Godparents