JOHN THE EVANGELIST PARISH
271 WINCHESTER ST, WARRENTON, VA 20186
therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of
the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)
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 of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into
the Church and made sharers in her mission:
Baptism in the sacrament of regeneration through water and in the word.
Congratulations and we
welcome on your new addition!
For the convenience of
the parish community, our
Baptisms take place the second and fourth Sunday of each month at 2:00 pm,
with some flexibility based on circumstances.
Baptism preparation instruction is required
for first-time parents or parents who have not previously attended a class.
Parents should realize that nothing is "Set in Stone" until
everything is received and confirmed by the Parish Office.
So, please call the Parish Office at
540-347-2922 x201 to begin the process of scheduling the baptism.
Original copies of the Godparents’ sponsor certificates must be signed and
sealed by the pastor of the Catholic Church where they are currently
All forms must be turned into the Parish Office prior to the Baptism date
Once the Parent Request for Baptism and the sponsor forms for the Godparents
are received, the Parish Office will schedule your child’s Baptism.
What are Sponsors
Sponsors are witnesses to the Catholic faith who will
pledge support of those who are to be baptized into the faith or who are
seeking full membership into the Church through the sacrament of
What do Sponsors
They are to see that the person baptized or confirmed in
the faith of the Catholic Church acts as a true witness to Christ and
faithfully fulfills the obligations connected with this membership.
Parents must provide sponsor
certificates for each Catholic Godparent. At least one Godparent
MUST be a practicing Catholic. The Godparent should contact the
Church where he/she is currently registered to request a sponsor
If a Christian Witness is chosen to
participate in and witness the baptism, no documentation is needed.
If two sponsors are chosen, one must
be male, the other female.
For baptism, a parent may NOT be a
Please note, a lapsed Catholic
cannot serve as either a Godparent or a Christian witness. See
the full set of requirements for Sponsors below.
requires: 1 Godparent.
If two are
chosen, one must be a man, one must be a woman.
MUST be a practicing Catholic, MUST be up-to-date on all
his/her sacraments, MUST be at least 16 years of age, MUST
attend Mass weekly, and if married, must be married
in the Catholic Church.
If the other
sponsor is not Catholic, he/she must be baptized Christian. They are
recorded as a Christian witness in the baptismal records and on the
Non-Christians may NOT be sponsors (Mormon, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu,
Catholics or a Catholic married outside the church may NOT be a
sponsor for Baptism.
godparents cannot make it to the ceremony, a proxy may be selected. The
proxy must be of the same form as the godparent or sponsor (i.e. male
Catholic must be selected to stand in for a male Catholic godparent;
female Christian witness must be selected to stand in for a female
Christian witness, etc). No sponsor forms are required for the proxy.
who were not married in the Church –
invite them to set up an appointment with the pastor to see about having
their marriage convalidated. Most couples are willing to do this. Their
particular circumstances determine the level of complexity in having
this done, but that is for the pastor to decide and discuss with them.
who are not babies –
Baptisms on the first and third Sunday afternoon for children from age
0-6. Children should be baptized at the earliest possible time. The
parents of a child age 7 or over need to schedule a meeting with the
Director of Religious Education to determine the best course of action.
accept sponsorship certificates (forms) from the godparents’ home
They do not
have to use our form. Please make sure they have had their pastor sign
and seal the sponsor form. If the pastor’s signature or parish seal is
missing, this could delay the Baptism. All forms should be mailed or
brought to the parish office. We will accept a fax, but the original
must be received at least one week prior to the Baptism.