Infant Baptism (for children newborn to six years old) is a Sacrament of Initiation that welcomes a child into our faith community of Catholic Christian believers, and is the celebration that begins the faith life of the child in and with Christ.
Together with the parents, godparents present an infant for baptism and help raise the child in the faith. Godparents are not required to be present for the baptism in order to serve as godparents.
Infant baptisms are regularly celebrated with the Christian community and more than one family will participate in the liturgy.
Celebrating Baptism Away From Holy Trinity
For more information about requests related to celebrating baptism away from Holy Trinity (either as a parishioner or a godparent) or to request a copy of a Holy Trinity Baptism Certificate, please see Sacramental Records for further information.
Celebrating Baptism At Holy Trinity
- Following the onset of COVID-19 in March, the parish resumed celebrating baptisms in mid-August.
- For the foreseeable future and so long as the public health situation permits, baptisms will be celebrated in a brief ceremony with one family at a time with no more than 10 people in attendance (child, parents, godparents and no more than five guests).
- Given the fluctuating nature of the current pandemic, baptisms are currently being scheduled only on a short-term basis (one to three months in advance).
1. To be notified of baptism dates as they become available, please contact email@example.com
2. Prior to baptism, parents are expected to participate in a Sacramental Preparation Program for Baptism, a one-hour class organized by the Religious Education department. A baptism date is not required to schedule the class. Questions about the class? Please contact the Religious Education Coordinator at REAdmin@trinity.org.
For the immediate future, classes are delivered online
3. Before the baptism takes place, you will be asked to complete and return the baptism information form, which we use to create the baptism certificate and for our sacramental records.
4. On the day of the baptism, please arrive early to get settled.
Safety Restrictions for Baptisms Taking Place During Phase 2 (effective August 16)
- Attendees will review the COVID covenant
- Face coverings are required for all adults
- If you or someone in your party have experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 or any other illness, we trust that you or your guest will remain at home
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Does Mayor’s Order 2020-081 apply to people attending a baptism at Holy Trinity?
A: Yes–participants should follow the direction of the District, as coming from outside the DMV area is nonessential travel. The list of high-risk states is here, current for the period October 19-November 2.
Q: If godparents are unable to attend due to travel restrictions, can we still have our baby baptized?
A: Proxy godparents are of course, permitted, so long as they are baptized individuals (and not the parents of the child). Your selected godparents will still be listed on the baptism certificate.
Q: Will the presider hold our baby?
A: Parents should hold the child–parents and child will come to the altar for baptism, godparents will also come forward, but stand at a distance.
Q: Are there precautions to keep the holy water as sanitary as possible?
A: Only fresh water will be used for each child (the same water will not be used for child after child).