“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” Mt 28:19-20
“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
Given the importance of Baptism, the Church recommends that infants be baptized during the first few weeks after birth, and asks parents and godparents to receive preparation for their attendant spiritual roles. In order to have a child baptized at St. Charles you will need to:
- be a registered parishioner
- take the Baptism Prep Class
- ask the godparents to attend a Baptism Prep Class
(either here at St. Charles or at any Catholic Church)
- ask the godparents to provide a Letter of Eligibility from their respective home parishes.
St. Charles Parish offers monthly preparation classes and Baptisms according to the following schedule:
English Baptism Prep is offered on the First Saturday each month at 10:00AM in the church**.
Spanish Baptism Prep is offered on the Second Sunday each month at 1:45PM (location TBD).
Spanish Baptisms are celebrated on the Second Saturday each month at 10:00AM in the church
English Baptisms are celebrated on the Third Saturday each month at 10:00AM in the church.
Please note that schedules may sometimes change. Updated schedule information may be obtained when registering for Baptism.
Pre-registration is required for the preparation sessions and for the celebration of Baptism. To register please fill out the form below, or for more information, please contact Celeste White in the parish office by phone at (703) 527-5500 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For the month of September we will hold the class as usual on the first Saturday (9/1) and the Baptisms will take place on 9/15.