The Sacrament of Baptism
The St. Martin of Tours Parish Community welcomes those parents who have made the decision to present their children to God through the sacrament of Baptism in the catholic Church. From the parents, they received their natural life, but now God the Father invites them to participate in his supernatural life, making them His sons (Daughters).
To best help you in this process, please read carefully these requirements:
1. The child must be younger than 7 years old. If not, you should contact the religious education office for catechesis appropriate to his/her age.
2. The godparents and parents should be registered at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church. If not, they should fill out the registration form online here or at the parish office as soon as possible.
3. The godparents must have received the sacramentes of Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation and be practicing Catholics.
If married, married by the Catholic Church. If single, more that 16 years of age and not cohabitating. If there are two single people, one must be male and the other female.
If the possible godparents are registered in another parish, they must bring a Certificate of Eligibility to be godparents from their parish at leas one week before the date of the baptism.
If you cannot find two godparents, one is sufficient, but must meet the requirements.
4. If the Baptism registration form is completed online, the parents still need to call the St. Martin of Tours parish office at 301-990-3203 extension 212 for a personal interview with the dominican sisters of Fátima in charge of baptism.
BAPTISMS CLASS in English for parents and godparents will be held on the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the St. Martin of Tours School, unless otherwise stated. Please be there by 6:45 p.m.
BAPTISM in English will usually be on the 4th Sunday of each month at 3:00 p.m. in the Church. Please be there by 2:45 p.m.
Note: Baptism classes or baptisms cannot be scheduled until you have had your interview.