Baptism

Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit.

CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH # 1213

Dear parents,

I am sure you will agree with me that the birth of every child is a miracle!  Each is precious!

St. Pope John Paul II said “every child is a unique and unrepeatable gift of God.“ (Oct. 1979, Mass on the Mall , Washington DC)

Thank you for generously welcoming your child into your family and bringing your precious child to Jesus through the powerful waters of baptism.  Along with other essential gifts such as food, clothing, shelter, your time, sleep and sacrifices, you are giving to them the gift of faith.

The Nativity Community rejoices with you in this grace filled moment as you prepare for the celebration of the baptism of your child and into the future as we journey together as disciples of Jesus Christ.  We welcome these little ones as our newest Christians and members of the Catholic Church.

Love and blessings

Fr. Bob. Cilinski
Pastor

Schedule a Baptism

Congratulations on the birth of your child!  The Sacrament of Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, and we look forward to helping you schedule this sacrament for your family.  Our group Baptisms are held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 2:00 pm in the Church.

Step 1: Gather Paperwork
To schedule a Baptism, please first gather the following paperwork

    • Copy of child’s Birth Certificate
    • A Certificate of Eligibility for your Catholic godparents.  Please review our Godparent Requirements.  Godparents who are registered members of Nativity do not need to provide a certificate.
    •  Please note: If this is your first child to be baptized, it is required for parents to take Baptism Prep.

Step 2: Fill out the Nativity Baptism Application
You have two options:

Step 3: Nativity Schedules the Baptism Date
After all the paperwork and application are received, our Baptismal Coordinator will contact you review and confirm the date of Baptism.

Godparents

Godparents plays a pivotal role in a child’s life.  Prayerfully select one or two Catholic godparents.  If selecting two godparents, one must be male and the other female.

Please review the Godparent Requirements to finalize your choice.  Catholic godparents will have to provide a Certificate of Eligibility from their parish indicating that they meet those requirements.  If your godparent(s) are registered parishioners here at Nativity, they do not need a certificate of eligibility since we have their information.

Godparent Information

Baptism Preparation

This Baptism Prep is for first time parents.  We also welcome Godparents.  We want to help you grow in your own understanding of this special Sacrament.

Currently, Baptism Prep is a virtual gathering held over Zoom, where you will meet 4-5 other couples like you who are trying to raise a family and also include faith in family life.  We look forward to helping to connect you to the parish through this process.  You can register below for our one-time gathering that will last 1.5 hours.  Beginning in September, every other month will be virtual vs in person. 

Baptism Prep Registration

On the Day of Baptism

When you arrive at Nativity for the Baptism:

    • Sit in the front section of pews. Parents and Godparents should sit right up front with the child, with family and friends seated in the rows right behind them. If the parents have other children, they’re welcome to sit in the front row, too!
    • The celebration will start as a whole group. At the time of each child’s Baptism, the families will be called up to the baptismal font one family at a time.
    • Bathrooms are located down the hallway to your right. Changing tables are in the “Family Restrooms” on the right side of the hallway.
What happens on the day of Baptism?

Contact

We are happy to help you with this process!  If you have any questions, please contact

Anna Marty
Baptism Coordinator
[email protected]
 (703) 455-2400

Anna’s Parish Office Hours
Monday—Wednesday, 9:00 am—4:00 pm

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