Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons and daughters of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission..." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1213).
Baptism is the first Sacrament of Christian Initiation. Baptism of infants is normally celebrated at 1:00 pm on Sunday once or twice a month. For a child to be baptized at Saint Bridget his/her parents must be registered and practicing Catholics.
Parents are expected to participate in a Baptismal Preparation Class. These classes are held every six weeks. Please call the Parish Office to register for the class.
If you would like to schedule a Baptism, please contact the parish office at (804) 282-9511.
To download a copy of the Baptismal Registration Form click here.
Concerning “Godparents” of Infants
Parents are asked to choose someone to serve as godparent or sponsor for their child. Since the sponsor’s role is to assist parents in passing on the faith in which the child is being baptized, parents should choose someone who will take the role seriously and will be a good role model for the child.
The Catholic Church asks that a sponsor, together with the child’s parents, present the child for baptism. The sponsor must be a confirmed and practicing Catholic, usually at least 16 years old. The role of the sponsor is to help the child lead a Christian life in keeping with the child’s baptismal dignity. A baptized person of a non-Catholic Christian community may serve, together with a Catholic sponsor, as a Christian witness of the baptism. A Christian witness of the baptism, like the sponsor, should be a practicing Christian, at least 16 years old, and willing to help the child lead a Christian life. Sponsors and Christian witnesses are frequently called godparents. St. Bridget’s will record at most two godparents in the parish baptismal register, at least one of whom must be a sponsor as described in the first paragraph.
See Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you."