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"Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, 

and the door which gives access to the other Sacraments."

Catechism of the Catholic Church # 1213

Infant Baptism Guidelines

The Staff of St. Patrick Cathedral offer our congratulations on the birth or upcoming birth of your child. We pray that God will bless and guide you in your preparation for baptism! Through baptism we become part of the royal, priestly people of God, called to holy lives of prayer and service.

Parents must be registered parishioners and attending Mass weekly at St. Patrick Cathedral or submit a Letter of Permission from their home parish in order to baptize here.

Required documents

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    1. Provide member number in the Child's Information Sheet or submit Letter of Permission from the Catholic church where you belong.
    2. Copy of child's birth certificate or verification of birth facts
    3. Proof of attendance to a baptism preparation class
  • The chosen godparent(s) will be role models to your child on how to live his or her Catholic faith. When discerning for godparents, please select based on the following requirements that must be met by all godparents:

    1. Must be at least 16 years old and a practicing Catholic who is able to submit a Letter of Good Standing from their home parish. A practicing Catholic implies they attend Sunday mass and receive the Sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation regularly.
    2. Must be fully initiated into the Catholic church by receiving the sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation and submit copies of these sacraments
    3. If married, the godparent's marriage must be recognized by the Catholic Church and submit copy of Sacrament. If they are married civilly or outside of the Catholic church, then they are not eligible to serve as a godparent until the marriage is recognized. (If unmarried, the godparent may not be cohabitating)
    4. Provide proof of attendance to a baptism preparation class at St. Patrick or where ever they reside.
    • Parents cannot be godparents to their own children, however, the child's GRANDPARENTS are eligible (so long as they meet the requirements previously mentioned)
    • A Baptized non-Catholic, may serve as a Christian Witness only when accompanied by a Catholic godparent who has met the requirements. One must be female and the other male.
    • If a godparent is unable to attend the baptism, the parents will need a proxy to stand in the place if the godparent. 

If you have any other questions, please contact Cintia.  Envelope   |  Phone

Over 7 years old? Children and Youth

If your child is over the age of 7, or if you yourself are desiring to be baptized as an adult, please click here for more information on RCIA Adapted for Children and Youth. 


If you are an adult, and are interested in becoming Catholic, and have never been baptized, or were baptized in another Christian tradition,  please click below and check out RCIA - 

which is the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.


If you have any additional questions, please contact the Faith Formation Office.    Envelope | Phone


Below we links to formed.org, by Augustine Institute.  

Please feel free to explore the Sacrament of Baptism in greater depth with this online resource.  


*Please note, online study does not substitute or meet the requirements for in person Baptism Preparation class. 

If you need help signing up for formed access, please click here.