..it gives us new birth in Christ, makes us sharers in the mystery of his death and resurrection, grants the forgiveness of sin and brings us new freedom as God’s children and members of his Church.” ~ Pope Francis
Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), 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: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.”
Baptism of Infants
Sacramental preparation classes are offered for parents of infants and children through six years old. These sessions discuss the theological and spiritual meaning of the sacrament of Baptism and what this means for parents.
Baptisms are celebrations of a child’s initiation into the Eucharistic community, and therefore ordinarily take place during Mass once a month, except during Lent.
For more information, call the Parish Office: (703) 494-4008.
Baptism of Older Children
Children 7 years and older are required to participate in a more formal process called the Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults for Children. These children will be prepared to receive sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil.
Baptism of Adults
The Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process of welcoming, forming, and catechizing new Catholics. It is also the process used for baptized Catholics who have not completed their sacraments of initiation: Eucharist and Confirmation.