Baptism is the first of the seven sacraments – the “door” which gives access to the other sacraments. Baptism unites us with Christ, who died for our sins and rose for our justification. Through baptism, one receives the remission of original and personal sin, begins a new life in Christ and the Holy Spirit, and is incorporated into the Church, the body of Christ.
Baptismal preparation guidelines vary according to age.
For infant baptisms (birth through six years of age), a Baptismal Preparation Class is required for all first-time parents wishing to have their child baptized and for any parent who has not taken the Baptismal Preparation Class within the last three years. The classes are offered at Church of the Resurrection, 3501 Cedar Lane, Portsmouth, on the first Tuesday of most months at 6:00 p.m. Please review the Baptism Guide below. Godparents will need to complete the Godparent-Sponsor Attestation Form. Additionally, a baptism registry form for the parish in which you would like your child baptized will need to be completed.
To schedule an infant baptism or for more information, please contact Theresa Carpenter at 757-484-7335 or [email protected].
Godparent Attestation Form - Infant Baptism Note: A priest/chaplain/delegate signature is NOT required within the Cluster Parishes.
Godparent Attestation Form Spanish - Infant Baptism Note: A priest/chaplain/delegate signature is NOT required within the Cluster Parishes.
For adults (seven years of age and older) wishing to be baptized and become Catholic, the Church offers the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). For more information about RCIA, please click here.
Please note: There is NO REQUIREMENT to join or be registered at any of our parishes to receive the Sacraments. You are always welcome to do so, however there is NO REQUIREMENT.