Baptism

From the earliest days of the Church, the infant children of believers have been presented for baptism and recognized as called by God to share life in the Lord’s family. Saint Gregory Nazianzen said, “Do you have an infant child? Allow sin no opportunity; rather, let the infant be sanctified from childhood. From his most tender age let him be consecrated by the Spirit.... Give your child the Trinity, that great and noble protector.
— Saint Gregory Nazianzen, Oration on Holy Baptism 17
It is the role of parents to provide the environment where a young disciple of Christ can grow. This will be most critical in the earliest years of life. This is where the Church needs parents to fulfill their role as evangelizers and Christian models—and where the Church needs to support parents in this great work. This formation in the family will naturally lead to readiness for Eucharistic participation when the child is a little older, and for confirmation.
— Archdiocese of Washington, Liturgical Norms and Policies.

Baptisms are celebrated on the appointed Saturday at 10:00 am. Parents who want to Baptize their child are required to take one Baptismal Preparation Class. The class will be scheduled after an appointment with one of the priest by calling at (301) 891-3500.

Requirements for Godparents:
Godparents must be practicing Catholics and registered in their Parish.

To be permitted to take on the function of godparent a person must:

1. be designated by the parents of the infant to be baptized, or the person who takes their place, or, in their absence, by the pastor or minister of the sacrament, and have the aptitude and intention of fulfilling this function;

2. have completed the sixteenth year of age, or the pastor or minister of the sacrament has granted an exception for a just cause;

3. be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has already received the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist and who leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be taken on;

4. not be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared;

5. not be the father or mother of the infant to be baptized.