Baptism for Infants and Children (6 and younger)
“The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ.” (CCC 1279).
Sacrament of Baptism
The term "Baptism" means "immersion," and so this sacrament "immerses" us into the Death and Resurrection of Christ (cf. Rom 6.3-4; Col 2.12). Consequently, we received the forgiveness of sins (cf. Acts 2.38) and are incorporated into the Church (cf. 1 Cor 12.13). (Instruction for Sacraments, Catholic Diocese or Richmond)
OLMC welcomes you and your child on this joyous occasion. Baptism is the foundation for all sacramental life.
Through baptism we are freed from sin and initiated into the Christian community of believers.
Parents seeking Baptism for their child are encouraged to contact the Director of Christian Formation for more information about how to register, the role of godparents and the dates available for the celebration. Baptisms are celebrated throughout the year. Parents are asked to attend a preparation session. During the session, parents will be invited to consider their own Christian faith, the responsibilities that come from decision to baptize their child, their role as the first educators of the faith for their child and become familiar with the role of godparents and the Rite of Baptism for Children.
At least one parent must be a practicing Catholic, who is committed to raising the child in the Catholic faith. A parent that is not Catholic has to express a willingness to help and create a home where a child will receive an environment to grow in faith as taught by the Catholic Church.
Godparents are members of the Christian community who, by their lives and their faith, set a good example for the child. They should be able to stay in communication with the child as he or she is growing up. Usually a child has two godparents, but only one is necessary.Godparents must be at least 16 years of age, practicing Catholics, and have celebrated the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation. It is possible for a non-Catholic person to be a Christian witness as long as one godparent is Catholic.
Children who are 7 years or older and have not been baptized in the Roman Catholic Church are invited to participate in RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults and Children) Process at OLMC.
See our Initiation page for more information.