"Or are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus
were baptized into his death?
We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death,
so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father,
we too might live in newness of life."

— Romans 6:3-4

In Baptism, we participate in the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. As a result of this "immersion" in the Lord's saving work (the meaning of the term "baptism"), original sin is forgiven and we receive grace. We thereby become members of the Body of Christ, the Church, and so share in the very life of God.

Baptism of children
Parents who present their children for Baptism promise to rear them in the Catholic faith. This means providing a Christian example in the home, including weekly attendance at the Sunday Mass, and ensuring that the children receive religious education and preparation for the other sacraments. To help parents undertake the responsibilities of Baptism, the parish provides two classes of instruction.

At least one godparent is required for Baptism, although two may be chosen (in which case it must be a man and a woman, although they need not be husband and wife). Godparents must be fully initiated and practicing Catholics, since they share the responsibility of rearing the children in the faith. This means that godparents must have received Baptism, Confirmation, and First Holy Communion; that they practice the faith; and, that if married, they be married in the Catholic Church.

For more information, contact the Church Office at (434)792-9456.

Baptism of older children and adults
Children above the age of reason (seven) are considered adults for the purpose of Baptism. According to Church law, those above age seven who seek Baptism—whether they be children or adults—must also receive the sacraments of Confirmation and the Eucharist, within the same celebration.

These three Sacraments of Christian Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and First Holy Communion) are normally celebrated at Easter (March / April). The parish provides a period of instruction so that these sacraments can be received properly (see "Becoming Catholic").

For more information, contact the Church Office at (434)792-9456.