BECOMING CATHOLIC

Interested in our faith? Have questions about what we believes as Catholics? We're happy to have a conversation with you. Call us during the week at (757) 826-0393 or email us.


Baptism

The Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship.  The Baptism team assists the family in preparing for their child’s baptism.  Volunteers are needed to serve as catechists, hosts on the day of the Baptism, and to help parents support one another through a Christian parenting group.

Contact Cass Hooker.


First Communion & Reconciliation

Preparation for these Sacraments usually happens in the second or third grades.  The preparation happens within the parish setting and experience.  It is presumed that a parent who wishes their child to be prepared for the Sacramentsare attending Catholic Mass regularly and are attending parish religious formation or Catholic school.

Parents are the first teachers of the faith to their children.  Recognizing this gift, the parish assists parents with this role through child classes and parent classes.  Children attending Catholic schools in the Diocese of Richmond receive their preparation for sacrament and celebrate those sacraments for the first time in their respective parishes.

The preparation for Reconciliation will take place prior to the preparation for first Eucharist.

Contact Cass Hooker.


Confirmation

Confirmation completes the grace of Baptism by a special outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. This outpouring seals or “confirms” the baptized in union with Christ and equips them for active participation in the worship and apostolic life of the Church. In the Diocese of Richmond, this Sacrament is currently conferred upon teenagers in 11th grade. Volunteers are needed to join a team who will serve as catechists (teachers), sponsors to companion the young people, and hospitality ministers to assist with the reception following the celebration of the Sacrament. Contact Steve DeLaney.


marriage

The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.

The sacrament of Matrimony signifies the union of Christ and the Church. It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved his Church; the grace of the sacrament thus perfects the human love of the spouses, strengthens their indissoluble unity, and sanctifies them on the way to eternal life (cf. Council of Trent: DS 1799).

What are the next steps? Contact our Parish Offices (757-826-0393) to set up an appointment with Fr. Prince.


Discernment to Religious Life

Discernment basically means “hearing the call” and trying to figure out where God might be calling you to serve Him. It is a life-long process of growth and listening to how God moves the heart in a new way of service. It begins in one’s heart – but it also involves other people, especially in the Church.

In the simplest terms, “vocation” means a “call.” In general terms your vocation is what God calls you to do with your life. Everyone is called to know, love and serve God in this life, in order to be happy with him forever in heaven. Yet each one does this in a different, individual vocation such as marriage, religious life, or the priesthood. Ultimately discovering your vocation is a decision made through prayer, but also requires one to make an informed decision and seek advice from trusted friends, family and spiritual leaders.

What are the next steps? Research more information about vocations by visiting the Diocesan Vocations website, and set up a meeting with Fr. Prince by contacting the Parish Offices (757-826-0393).