We are thrilled to assist you and your children in receiving this amazing and life-changing sacrament.
Baptisms for infants usually take place every Sunday at 2:15pm in the church. Please use click the button below to register your child for baptism. A member of the parish staff will contact you upon receiving your submission.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. The godparent does not have to be present at the baptism. A proxy may stand in his or her place.
Parents of the child being baptized cannot be the child’s godparents. Grandparents or other family members may serve in this role. A baptized, practicing Christian may not be a sponsor. That person may participate as a Christian witness but does not replace the sponsor. A Catholic who is not practicing his or her faith cannot participate as a Christian witness or sponsor.
Only one godparent is required. If you would like to have two godparents, one must be male and the other must be female (i.e. there cannot be two males or two females).
At least two weeks before the date of the baptism, sponsors must submit a letter of eligibility from his or her parish indicating that he or she meets the above requirements. Parishioners of St. Mary should contact the parish office for this letter.
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 – 7:30pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 4:00pm