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Baptism Preparation

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St. Columba’s welcomes all persons desiring Baptism to receive the sacrament here at St. Columba’s. We are excited to welcome the newly baptized and their family into our community and the Body of Christ!

We offer Baptism on significant Sundays in the Church’s calendar year. If these dates do not work for your family, we will work to accommodate your need, except in the seasons of Advent (4 weeks before Christmas) and Lent (6 weeks before Easter) when Baptism is unavailable. The list at right includes those dates for the upcoming program year, 2020-2021.

Baptism is a communal event where the community of faith welcomes and promises to support the newly baptised. In this time of COVID-19, we are delaying baptisms until we can gather in person. Please complete the registration form and we will reach out to you to discuss the options given the current quarantine situation.  

We ask that the baptismal candidate, their parents (for children), and their sponsors (Godparents) attend a preparation class and rehearsal. We will arrange the timing and location of this discussion before the date of the baptism. This conversation is a chance for us to learn more about one another and the meanings and symbolism of Baptism.

If you have any questions about Baptism at St. Columba’s, please reach out to Katie McGervey, Director of Children’s Ministries at (202) 363-4119.

If you are seeking Baptism in an emergency situation, please call our Pastoral Care emergency number, (202) 669-4856, to reach the Priest on call.


Important Links

Baptism Online Registration
Baptism Registration (PDF)
Baptism Sponsor’s Booklet