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“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” (CCC 1213).

If you are a parishioner of St. Peter's and are interested in having your child baptized, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information about scheduling, Baptism preparation classes, and godparent requirements.

Baptisms are celebrated on the second Sunday of every month at 12:30pm, after the 11am Mass.

A child who is baptized should be given a godparent (or two godparents) to help teach the faith and to provide prayers and support as your child strives to be a follower of Christ. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states “ ...the godfather and godmother... must be firm believers, able and ready to help the newly baptized—child or adult—on the road of Christian life.” (#1255). There are certain requirements in Canon Law to ensure that godparents are able and ready to take on such a task:

  • must be at least 16 years old
  • must not be a parent of the child to be baptized
  • must be Catholics who have received the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation
  • must be practicing Catholics who attend Mass regularly on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation and receive the sacraments of the Church
  • if they are married, they must be in a valid, sacramental marriage
  • if you have two godparents, you must choose one man and one woman (but it is also an option to have only one godparent)

We would be happy to assist you in finding a suitable candidate to serve as godparent. While a baptized, non-Catholic Christian may not be a godparent, he or she may fill the role of Christian witness at the baptism. (Please note that a Catholic may not be a Christian witness.)
If you have any questions about the suitability of your candidates for godparents please call or e-mail Julie Penndorf, Director of Religious Education, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 202.547.1430.

A baptism preparation class is required of both parents and godparents. Our classes are held the Saturday before the 2nd Sunday of the month and take place in the basement of the rectory from 10am-11am. The class may be taken at another parish; we ask that you provide a letter of class completion from that parish. Please contact the rectory to schedule a baptism or to inquire about classes. You may register for baptism class here.

When a baptism is celebrated, it is customary for the family to make a donation of thanksgiving to the parish. Once your child is baptized at St. Peter's, their sacramental record will forever reside at St. Peter's. This means that St. Peter's will keep track of the sacraments your child receives throughout his/her life.  When they receive their First Communion, Confirmation, Marriage or Holy Orders, St. Peter's will be contacted and will need to provide a proof of baptism.  Please keep this life-long commitment to your child in mind in deciding what to contribute as an offering for your child's baptism. Your donation can be given to the priest or deacon on the day of the baptism, mailed to the rectory, or dropped in the offertory basket during Sunday Mass.