“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. 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 10:00 A.M. in the church.
English Baptisms are celebrated on the 3rd Saturday each month at 10:00 A.M. in the church.
(Baptisms in Spanish are celebrated on the 2nd Saturday of every month at 10 A.M., and the preparation classes for parents and for godparents are offered on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 2:45 P.M. in Room 105.
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 and you will receive a confirmation email), or for more information, please contact Sandi Campbell in the parish office by phone at 703.527.5500 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What does it mean to be a “practicing” Catholic?
On a basic level, it means attending Mass faithfully on Sundays, since we “practice” our faith by celebrating it in Word and Sacrament. Indeed, our faith, hope and love are expressed concretely in the way we live, including observing the 3rd Commandment to “Keep holy the Lord’s Day.
”Since the celebrations of the Sacraments are not mere family or social occasions, but celebrations of faith for active believers, those who seek to have their children baptized, to serve as sponsors (“godparents”) for Baptism or for Confirmation, or to receive the Sacrament of Marriage, must demonstrate that they are faithful, practicing Catholics who have been registered and attending Mass regularly at the parish for at least three months.