Sacraments

Baptism

Parents known by the pastor and registered with Immaculate Conception for three months can schedule a baptism. If you are a parishioner and are interested in having your child baptized, please contact Mary Stafford in the parish office at mstafford@immaculateconceptionchurchdc.org or 202-332-8888 for more information about scheduling, baptism preparation classes, and godparent requirements.

If the parents are not parishioners, their pastor must send a letter to Immaculate Conception granting permission to have their child baptized at Immaculate Conception. Visiting clergy must present a letter of suitability from their diocese to the church before the baptism.

Baptisms for infants usually take place Saturday at 11:30am in the church. Please use the baptismal registration form to register your child for the sacrament.

A date for your child’s baptism will be set only after the completed baptism registration form and the sponsor forms have been submitted to Immaculate Conception. If the parents are not able to find eligible godparents, the baptism can still proceed without godparents.

Both parents must attend a baptism preparation class. Classes are offered at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, but parents may also attend a class at any other parish.

Godparents (Sponsors)

A godparent plays a pivotal role in a child’s life. As such, a godparent must be:

  • At least 16 years of age.
  • A practicing Catholic who has received First Communion and Confirmation, and attends Mass every Sunday.
  • If married, must be married within the Catholic Church. If single, must not be cohabitating with his/her girlfriend or boyfriend.

The godparent (sponsor) does not have to be present at the baptism. A proxy may stand in his or her place. A non-Catholic Christian may not be a sponsor. That person may participate as a Christian witness but does not replace the sponsor. A Catholic who is not practicing his or her faith cannot participate as a Christian witness or sponsor. Only one godparent is required. If you would like to have two godparents, one must be male and the other must be female (i.e. there cannot be two males or two females).

 Marital Status

The parents are the first teachers of their child in the faith. There may be reason to postpone the baptism if the parents are not practicing the faith, or have no intention of living a Catholic life in harmony with the Gospel. If you were married outside of the Catholic Church (not before a priest or deacon), the pastor will set up an appointment with you to explain the process of getting married in the Church.


Confession

"Forgiveness is not a result of our efforts, but is a gift. It is a gift of the Holy Spirit who showers us with mercy and grace that pours forth unceasingly from the open heart of Christ crucified and risen." - Pope Francis

Catholics are required to go to Confession once a year and if in a state of mortal sin, and are encouraged to receive the sacrament regularly. Confession reconciles us to God, restores the life of grace in the soul and helps us receive Communion well. An examination of conscience can aid in making a good Confession, as well as knowing the differences between mortal and venial sin.

The Confession schedule is as follows: 

Saturdays at 5:00pm
Sundays at 10:30am and 5:30pm
Wednesdays during Lent 7:30-8:30pm
Thursdays from 8:00-8:30pm 


Marriage

Parishioners:

The wedding donation is $500 for active, registered parishioners who have been with the parish for a year. To arrange a date, please contact the parish office at 202-332-8888 or send an email to mstafford@immaculateconceptionchurchdc.org Please keep in mind that there is a six-month minimum for marriage preparation.

Non-Parishioners:

The donation for non-parishioners is $2,000. We require that all couples work with their local parish to complete a marriage preparation program and gather all the necessary documents necessary to marry in the Catholic Church. Your pastor must send a letter saying that you are free to marry at Immaculate Conception in order for you to secure a date. We do recommend that you bring your own priest or deacon to preside at your wedding. If this is not possible, the pastor or the deacon here should be able to preside. 

Please keep in mind that there is a six month minimum for marriage preparation


Anointing of the Sick

This sacrament is for anyone who is seriously ill, in danger of death, elderly or preparing for major surgery. If you or a loved one would like to receive this sacrament, please contact the office.


First Communion and Confirmation

For information about First Communion or Confirmation, please contact the office.