Baptism Preparation for Infants/Children

Parents are required to complete a Baptismal Preparation session prior to having their child Baptized; these sessions are presented on the first weekend of Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Nov following the 11:30 Mass. Session dates and location will be posted in the bulletin.

For more information, contact the Parish office, 757-898-5570.

Baptism Preparation for Adults

Non-Catholic adults who wish to learn more about Baptism in the Catholic Church are invited to participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults program. For more information, contact the Parish office, 757-898-5570 ext, 10

Have you been asked to be a Godparent or Confirmation Sponsor?

If you have been asked to be a Godparent or Confirmation Sponsor, please know that you will be required to be a registered parishioner of the St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church for 3 months before we can issue a letter in good standing with your parish as is normally required by the parish issuing the sacrament.

Baptismal Celebrations

The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated on the second and fourth weekend of each month; Saturday at 3 pm or Sunday following the 11:30 Mass. Baptisms also may be celebrated during Mass (except during Holy Week). Scheduling of your child’s baptism will be determined upon completion of the baptismal class. For more information, contact the Parish office, 757-898-5570.

The Sacrament of Baptism in the Catholic Church

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 of you (Matthew 28:19-20). Baptism is the first sacrament celebrated in the process of becoming a full member of the Church community. It is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Baptism is, like all the sacraments, a gift from God. Water is the universal symbol. Water is absolutely essential for all life. Water cleanses and restores. It is the waters of Baptism which give us new life. In accordance, through Baptism we also die to our old sinful selves in order to be restored and resurrected in the new life of Christ.

The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1279

Bishop Knestout encourages anyone aware of sexual abuse of minors on the part of clergy or staff of our diocese to notify civil authorities,
call the Attorney General’s Clergy Abuse Hotline at 1-833-454-9064, and reach out to the Diocesan Victim Assistance at 1-877-887-9603.