The Sacrament of Baptism welcomes a newborn into the family of the Catholic Church and into a parish community. Therefore, it is highly recommended that your baby be baptized where you currently worship on Sundays. If you are a parishioner at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, your child should be baptized here. If, for good reason, you want to have your baby baptized at another parish, you will need to fulfill that particular parish’s requirements in preparation for the sacrament AND attend our Baptism Preparation Session.
A member (or parishioner) of the Basilica is one who (a) worships here on Sundays, (b) participates in its sacramental and social life and (c) supports our mission. We expect to already know you and to have prayed with you in anticipation of the birth of your child.
Welcoming your newborn into the parish is an occasion of much joy and deserves our attention. Therefore, the purpose of this process is meant to enrich your commitment to the Church and to the Basilica:
At least one parent must be a baptized Catholic. If a parent has not received Confirmation, preparation for the Sacrament should begin soon.
1. Meeting with the Priest or Deacon. Call the Parish Office to schedule a meeting with either a priest or a deacon of the parish. During this meeting, you will discuss with him the importance of your membership in the parish as well as a plan for the religious education of your child. At this meeting you will be given a Baptism Registration Form.
Before you proceed to the next step, you need to do the following:
- Complete the Baptism Registration Form and return it to the Parish Office;
- Submit a copy of the Baptismal Certificate of at least one parent;
- Make an appropriate Offering to the church.
2. Attending the Baptism Preparation Session. After you have met with the priest or deacon, you may sign up for the Session. It is generally held on the first Monday of each month starting at 7:00 PM and ending at 8:30 PM. Parents and sponsors (i.e. godparents) must attend the Baptism Preparation Session. If the parents and godparents cannot attend the same session, they may complete the requirements by attending separate sessions on different months. If godparents cannot attend the session here, they can provide us with a letter attesting they have completed a preparation course in their home parish. Godparents must be Catholic. Witnesses can be non-Catholic Christians.
3. Scheduling the Date for Baptism. After you have completed the Baptism Preparation Session, please call the Parish Office to schedule your baby’s Baptism for the last Sunday of any month. All Baptisms occur after the 12:45 pm Mass. Further, please note that there are no Baptisms during Lent. The very best time for Baptism is the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night. It is important that you attend the 12:45 pm Mass and be seated in the front rows at least ten minutes before the start of Mass. Latecomers risk postponing baptism to the following month.