The sacraments are the “the masterworks of God” in the new and everlasting covenant. “The purpose of the sacraments is to sanctify men, to build up the Body of Christ and, finally, to give worship to God. Because they are signs they also instruct. They not only presuppose faith, but by words and objects they also nourish, strengthen, and express it. That is why they are called sacraments of faith.”
At St. Nicholas, our purpose is to invite people to experience the love of Jesus through learning about our Catholic Faith and encountering Him through His Word and the Tradition of the Church, for the sacraments are the “the masterworks of God” in the new and everlasting covenant.
We guide your faith every step of the way, from baptism to marriage and beyond. And, if you’re interested in becoming a Catholic, we take you on a journey with Christ to learn about the Catholic Church.
If it is a first child in the family, parents are required to participate in a preparation session. Sessions are held several times throughout the year and can be done one on one or even online. We are called to abundant life and by our baptism we are freed form sin and are able to enter into the life that Christ calls us to, his divine life. For a brief video of what we as Catholics believe about Baptism check out this video:
To schedule a time for a baptism class and baptism contact Steve Branning at [email protected] or 757-937-3527.
In order to be a godparent, according to Church law, a person must:
1. Be at least 16 years old (A pastor may grant an exception to the age requirement for a just cause.
2. Be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has received the blessed Eucharist (A member of the Eastern Orthodox Church may serve as a godparent as long as a Catholic godparent has also been chosen.
3. Not be bound by a canonical penalty.
4. Be leading a life of faith befitting the role to be undertaken (for example, regularly attending Sunday Mass; if married, be in a marriage recognized by the Catholic Church)
5. Not be a parent of the child.
Catholic Godparents must have the following form filled out properly and sent back to Steve in the parish office.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Godparent Form:
– Who signs the Godparent Attestation Form? The godparent must sign the Godparent Attestation Form to declare his or her suitability, and willingness, to accept this role. As well as the pastor (or delegate) at the church of the Godparent.
-What is the purpose of the pastor or his delegate’s signature? The pastor or chaplain of the child to be baptized may request that the prospective godparent’s signature be witnessed by his or her pastor, chaplain, or a delegate of either. This action is meant to guarantee that no one except the godparent is asserting that he or she will be discharging this office, and that he or she understands the Church’s requirements. The pastor, chaplain, or delegate is NOT confirming the truth of the person’s suitability.
– Who is a suitable delegate of the pastor or chaplain? A parochial vicar or deacon is competent to act on behalf of a pastor or chaplain in assisting a prospective godparent. So too is a qualified layperson; that is, a member of a parish or campus ministry staff who has a theological education, who exercises some pastoral responsibility, and whom the pastor or chaplain has designated for this task.
Our marriage preparation program facilitates the thorough discernment and preparation a couple needs before receiving the Sacrament of Matrimony (Marriage Prep page). Unveiled is the Diocese of Richmond’s marriage preparation program designed for engaged couples preparing to be married in the Catholic Church. Please contact the parish office six months in advance of your anticipated wedding date.
Preparation sessions for parents and children are held in the winter. Adults are involved with the children as leaders, aides, assistant coordinators, and at social events. Children, usually 2nd graders, must be registered in Christian Formation Class.
It is Holy Communion that draws us into a deeper intimacy with Christ.
Preparation sessions for parents and children are held in the fall and early winter in the 2nd grade First Communion Class. Adults are needed to assist with workshops, retreats and office. Children must be registered in Christian Formation Class.
Confirmation is the sacrament whereby baptized Catholics are “more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.” In the diocese of Richmond confirmation is received by youth who have completed the 9th grade. Confirmation preparation consists of active enrollment in high school formation as well as participation in Confirmation specific preparation. Click here for more details.
St. Nicholas offers Holy Communion for those who are hospitalized or homebound. Anointing of the Sick can be arranged for those facing surgery, serious illness, or disabilities.
For more information, contact Lora DiNardo at 757-340-7231 ext. 16. For after hour pastoral emergencies call 757-286-7256.
Preparation for Christian Initiation of Children or Adults (RCIA)
Individuals interested in learning about the Catholic Church or entering the catechumenate, please contact Steve Branning. Inquiry welcomed at any time. See our RCIA page for more details.