Welcome to parents who are bringing their children to the church and adults and children who are seeking entry into the Catholic Faith through Baptism. Parents who are bringing their first child to the waters of Baptism are invited to attend a Baptism Class for Parents (by appointment through our Parish Office).
If your child has reached the age of 7, we welcome you to participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation Adapted for Children. In most cases children will attend our Sunday Morning Religious Education classes and attend whole-family retreats to prepare for the sacraments of initiation.
Youth (age 17 and older) and Adults are invited to join the RCIA program. For more information, please scroll down to our section on the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).
- Children Under 7:
Please contact Janice Harris at the Parish Office, 202-337-4835 ext. 100
- Children (7 and up):
To learn more about the Mass schedule at OLV, view our Mass and confession schedule to the right of this page.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available every Saturday from 4-5pm in the church or by appointment (please see our Clergy page for contact information.) Children will receive their first Sacrament of Penance in the year that they will receive their First Communion.
Please contact one of the priests or deacons at OLV six months in advance. All couples must complete a marriage preparation program.
Anointing of the Sick
If you or someone you know is hospitalized or home-bound and would like Communion and/or the Sacrament of the Sick, please call the rectory at 202-337-4835.
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)
To learn more about the RCIA program in the Catholic Church, including the steps that a catechumen takes during the RCIA process, please read the USCCB's description of the rite. Youth (age 17 and older) and Adults are invited to contact Fr. Dave Fitz-Patrick at 202-337-4835 ext. 102.