“Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission.” Catechism of the Catholic Church 1213
The Sacrament of Baptism for children ages six and under is regularly celebrated every third Sunday of the month in English, and every first Sunday of the month in Spanish.
Parents are required to be registered and active members for at least one month prior to starting the preparation process. Parents and godparents must attend a pre-Baptismal instruction class.
All necessary forms and paperwork, including the Baptism Registration form, a copy of the child’s birth certificate, and the godparents’ sponsorship certificates, must be submitted to the Parish Office prior to attending the class.
Requirements for Godparents
Careful thought should be given to the choice of godparents. The godparent is to be added spiritually to the immediate family of the one to be baptized and also represents the Church. Professing and living their Catholic faith, the godparents are to help the parents bring up their child to profess and live that same faith. The Code of Canon Law lists the requirements for godparents.
Godparents must obtain and submit a sponsorship certificate from the parish in which they are registered prior to attending the pre-Baptismal class (if attending a class at their parish, they can submit a letter of attendance).
Please call the Parish Office at (703) 354-8711 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for preparation and scheduling. Please note classes and baptisms may be subject to change.