Celebration of the Sacraments

BAPTISM
For infants, please contact the rectory at 301-942-1020 to plan for your child’s baptism. For older children, please contact Contact the Director of Religious Education, Michelle Ilagan, at (301) 942-8790 or ilagan@hcrosschurch.org. Adults who desire to be baptized, please visit our page on the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Parish students receive this sacrament together in second grade, following two years of preparation. Visit our Sacramental Preparation page for information.

CONFIRMATION
Parish students receive this sacrament together in eighth grade, following two years of preparation. Adults who have never received the Sacrament of Confirmation may receive the Sacrament at Pentecost. Visit our Sacramental Preparation page for information.

MARRIAGE
Marriage preparation must begin at least six months before any desired wedding date. Because marriage is a sacrament, the Catholic Church wants couples to be well-prepared, understand the sacrament, evaluate and deepen their readiness to live married life, and gain insights into themselves as individuals and as a couple. Accordingly, we ask each engaged couple to participate in marriage preparation, often called Pre-Cana. Please visit our Marriage Preparation page for more information. 

PENANCE
The Sacrament of Penance is available on Saturdays from 9:00 to 10:00am, or any time by appointment, in the church. During Lent confessions are also available Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Parish students receive First Penance together in the second grade. Visit our Sacramental Preparation page for information.

ANOINTING OF THE SICK
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is appropriate for people with a serious illness and those expecting surgery or a major medical procedure. It can be administered any time at the church, at home, or at a hospital. Please contact us if you or someone you know would like to receive this sacrament. 

HOLY ORDERS
If you think God may be calling you to ordained or religious life, there are many resources to help you discern this calling. Please call the Rectory at 301-942-1020 or visit dcpriest.org, a resource of the Archdiocese of Washington.