The Sacrament of Baptism is often called "The door of the Church," because it is the first of the seven sacraments not only in time (since most Catholics receive it as infants) but in priority, since the reception of the other sacraments depends on it. It is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation, the other two being the Sacrament of Confirmation and the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Once baptized, a person becomes a member of the Church. Traditionally, the rite (or ceremony) of baptism was held outside the doors of the main part of the church, to signify this fact.
Christ Himself ordered His disciples to preach the Gospel to all nations and to baptize those who accept the message of the Gospel. In His encounter with Nicodemus (John 3:1-21), Christ made it clear that baptism was necessary for salvation: "Amen, amen I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." For Catholics, the sacrament is not a mere formality; it is the very mark of a Christian, because it brings us into new life in Christ.

Baptism Session for Parents
Parents are required to attend one Baptism Session for Parents prior to the Baptism of their child. The session schedule can be found below. Sessions are waived for parents who have attended a session in the 24 months prior to the scheduled Baptism.

Prior to scheduling the Baptism or attending the preparation class you will need to complete a Baptism Data Form. You can request the form from the parish office or click here. Fax it to 560-3565 Attn: Peggy Byers, drop it off at the Parish Center, or mail it to the Office of Christian Formation, St. Edward the Confessor Church, 2700 Dolfield Road, Richmond, VA 23235.

In-Person baptism sessions resume June 6, 2021.  Classes are held on Sunday afternoons at 2pm and last about one hour.  Below is the current schedule of dates. Please call Peggy Byers at 864-4714 or send an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up.


  • June 6, 2021
  • August 1, 2021
  • October 3, 2021
  • December 5, 2021
  • February 6, 2022
  • April 3, 2022
  • June 5, 2022

Baptism Schedule
Below are the dates scheduled for Baptism during our regular Weekend Liturgies. Please call Peggy at 864-4714 for availability and scheduling. We are limited to two families per Mass. No Baptisms are scheduled during Advent or Lent. Baptisms may be scheduled during the Liturgy on Saturday 5:00 PM or any of the Sunday Liturgies at 8:00, 11:00 AM or 5:00 PM.  All attendees must follow Mass Attendance Protocols.  Please share this document with your guests so they know what to expect when they come to Church.


  • June 19/20, 2021
  • July 10/11, 2021 (8:45 Mass not available)
  • August 7/8, 2021
  • September 25/26, 2021
  • October 23/24, 2021
  • November 13/14, 2021
  • January 8/9, 2022
  • February 12/13, 2022
  • April 23/24, 2022
  • May 14 (Saturday) and 22 (Sunday), 2022
  • June 18/19, 2022

This service is on selected Sunday afternoons at 2pm.  Baptism Service Protocols are in place for Baptism Services.  Please share the document with those you invite so they know what to expect when they come to Church.  Here is our schedule through June 2021


  • June 13, 2021
  • July 18, 2021
  • August 22, 2021
  • September 19, 2021
  • October 17, 2021
  • November 21, 2021
  • January 16, 2022
  • February 20, 2022
  • May 15, 2022
  • June 26, 2022


Updated 5/13/2021



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