The sacrament of baptism ushers us into the divine life, cleanses us from sin, and initiates us as members of the Christian community. It is the foundation for the sacramental life.

At baptism, the presider prays over the water:

Father, look now with love upon your Church, and unseal for her the fountain of baptism. By the power of the Holy Spirit give to this water the grace of your Son, so that in the sacrament of baptism all those whom you have created in your likeness may be cleansed from sin and rise to a new birth of innocence by water and the Holy Spirit. (Christian Initiation of Adults, #222A)

Freed from Sin

Baptism frees us from the bondage of original and actual sin. Water is poured in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Today, the sacrament of baptism is often performed on infants, shortly after birth. Adult baptisms take place at the Easter Vigil through the restored Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Adults or children who have been baptized in a valid Christian church are not baptized again in the Catholic church. As we say in the Nicene Creed, “I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins…”

The Catechism teaches:
"The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ" (CCC 1279).

Baptismal Symbols

  • Water – The waters of baptism recall Jesus’ own baptism by John the Baptist in the river Jordan. Water is a symbol of cleansing and renewal as we begin a new life in Christ. We are washed clean of sin.
  • Oil – At baptism we are anointed into the life of Christ as “priest, prophet and king.” A cross is traced on the candidate’s forehead as a reminder that we are inheritors of the Kingdom of God.
  • Light – The baptismal candle is lit from the Paschal or Easter candle that stands in the church as a sign of Christ’s light in the world. At baptism, we receive the light of Christ and are called forth to share this light with the world.
  • White garment – The white garment that is placed upon us at baptism is a symbol of Christ’s victory over death and his glorious resurrection. Likewise, the white garment or pall that is placed over the coffin at the time of death recalls our baptismal promises and reminds us that we are destined for eternal life.

At the Cathedral, Baptisms are celebrated on more than forty Sundays per year.  Parents must be registered and, first-time Parents, or Parents new to the Parish are required to attend a Baptismal Seminar (preferably before the baby is born).  Parents should come to the Rectory Office to complete the "Baptismal Guidlines Booklet." Parents must also choose one or two godparents (sponsors).


Quarterly Baptismal Seminar
Mondays at 7:30pm in the Mary Room (located in the lower level of Rectory).(as advertised in the bulletin)

In accordance with Canon Law:

-At least one godparent is required at Baptism (normally two of different genders are chosen)

-The godparents must be at least fourteen (14) years of age and must have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.

-Each godparent is required to submit a certificate of eligibility from his/her own parish.

-The certificate must state that the sponsor is a Catholic in good standing, who attends Mass regularly.  If married, is in a valid marriage recognized by the Catholic Church. (An individual married civilly by a judge,  mayor, or divorced and remarried without an annulment is not eligible to act as a godparent.)

-In the absence of a second godparent, a non-Catholic Christian (never a former Catholic) may serve as a Christian witness.  A copy of his/her baptismal record must be submitted beforehand.






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