As a child Francis de Sales would arrange his playmates around the baptismal font and say to them:
This is the spot that ought to be dearest to you, for it was here that we were made children of God…
As a Sacrament of Initiation, this first step of Baptism carries with it the commitment of the parents and godparents to share their faith. Faith that is actively lived and experienced will be more easily learned by the child as he/she sees it through the parent’s involvement and commitment. If a child ages 7-18 or an adult is seeking baptism you are invited to take part in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) or the RCIA adapted for Children.
- Parents requesting Baptism for their children from ages 0-6 should ordinarily be registered members of the parish. With special permission from their pastor, they may request Baptism in another parish.
- Baptisms are celebrated on the first and third Saturdays of every month at 11:00 am in the Chapel. Baptism is also celebrated on the second Sunday of the month during a designated Mass (except during Lent and Easter Season). Please call the parish office to make arrangements at least two weeks ahead of time.
- If they haven't already attended a class, the parents of the child(ren) to be baptized are expected to attend the Baptism Preparation Session which is held on the last Monday of the month at 7:30 pm in the St. Joseph Center. To register, call 703-896-7402. Parents are welcome to attend this session before their child is born and should sign the roster to show they attended the class. We use Your Baby's Baptism from Liguori Publications to prepare parents for their child(ren)’s Baptism.
- At least one sponsor is necessary for Baptism, but a child may have more. The sponsor must be a fully initiated Catholic (i.e., having received all 3 sacraments of initiation - Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation), actively practicing the faith, if married have their marriage recognized by the Catholic Church, and at least 16 years of age. If a sponsor is not a parishioner, then a sponsor form must be presented from their parish stating that she/he is a Catholic in good standing. This should be in the parish office two weeks prior to the Baptism.
To schedule an Infant Baptism, contact Merle Senyk 703.896.7402.After attending a class you may need proof of your attendance. If so please complete this form, Fill out this Form.
To Request a Certificate of Baptism,
out this Form