Sacrament of Baptism

“Baptism is the first and chief sacrament of the forgiveness of sins: it unites us to Christ, who died and rose, and gives us the Holy Spirit.” - Catechism of the Catholic Church 985

Through Baptism, the human person is washed clean of original sin and restored to the image and likeness of God. The parish welcomes families into the St. Ambrose community with a preparation class prior to the Sacrament of Baptism of their child.


Parents must be registered, practicing members of St. Ambrose parish. Practicing the faith includes active participation at Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation.

First-time, expectant parents must attend an instruction class prior to the Sacrament of Baptism. Please call the Parish Office, 703-280-4400, to make the necessary arrangements. Baptisms are normally celebrated on Sundays following the Noon Mass.

A  Baptism Registration Form must be completed and submittd to the Parish Office. This information is used to identify the child to be baptized, prepare a baptismal certificate and record the Baptism in our sacramental record book. Please be accurate with the information and the spelling of names.


If you are chosen to be a Godparent, you are required to provide either one of the following original documents and submit it to the St. Ambrose Parish Office. Faxed or photocopied documents are not accepted.

  • Parish Pastor’s Letter
    • Must include statement that you are a Catholic in good standing.
    • Must include the parish pastor's signature and the parish church's seal.

For more information, please contact Donna Vasilakos at the Parish Office at 703-280-4400.

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Donna Vasilakos | Parish Secretary