We are thrilled to assist you and your children in receiving this amazing and life-changing sacrament.
Baptisms for infants take place every Sunday at 2:15 pm in the church. Please use click the button below to register your child for baptism. A member of the parish staff will contact you to confirm the details.Register
A godparent plays a pivotal role a child’s life. As such, a godparent must be at least 16 years of age, a practicing Catholic who has received Confirmation and First Communion, and, if married, be married within the Catholic Church. Ideally the godparent is present at the Baptism, but should this be impossible a proxy may stand in their stead.
Parents of the child being baptized cannot be the child’s godparents, though grandparents or other family members are welcome serve in this role. The Church requires that you have one godparent, and encourages two, but also supplies the option that a baptized practicing christian of another denomination can stand in the place of a second godparent, as a christian witness.
A Catholic who is not practicing his or her faith is not eligible to participate as a godparent or a christian witness, as this special role is designated to support the baptized in their growth and understanding of the beauty of the faith.
In the spiritual role of godparents, that mirrors the role of parents, there is a place for one male and one female (i.e. there cannot be to males or two females). This applies to godparent christian witness parings as well. Though ultimately only one godparent is required for Baptism to take place.
At least two weeks before the date of the baptism, godparents must submit a letter of good standing from their parish indicating that they meet the above requirements. Parishioners of the Basilica of St. Mary should contact the parish office for this letter.Contact the office
If your child has reached the use of reason (usually around 6 or 7) and is under the age of 18, please contact the Director of Religious Education below. Additionally, if you are an adult seeking baptism, please contact our Director of Religious Education.Contact us
“After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.'” – Matthew 3:16-17
The Basilica of Saint Mary
310 South Royal Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
313 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Monday-Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm