For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. The Sacrament of Baptism welcomes a newborn into the Catholic Church. Baptisms are scheduled one Sunday a month, at 12:15 pm (until the end of 2014 – starting in 2015 the Baptism times and requirements will change). Arrangements for Infant Baptism must be made in advance by calling the Parish Office at 215-561-1313.
If you are not a member of the Cathedral Basilica parish, you need to obtain a letter of permission from your parish church acknowledging that your child is to be baptized here.
The Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation require that the godparents and sponsors are eligible to serve in such a role. This role is more than ceremonial. Godparents and sponsors are witnesses to the Faith of Church celebrated in these Sacraments of Christian Initiation. Living, sharing, modeling and mentoring the same Faith of the Church is at the heart of the role of godparents and sponsors. This is the reason why today as throughout the history of the Church the role of godparents and sponsors has been taken most seriously. So, the first consideration when making the choice for a godparent and/or sponsor centers on the Faith and a relationship between believers.
As a minimum the Church requires that godparents and sponsors be at least sixteen years of age, have been fully initiated into the Catholic Church—with Baptism, Confirmation and Communion, and, if married, are married in the Church. This all means that the person is living and practicing the Faith, especially with participation in Sunday Mass.
Here at the Cathedral Parish, when a request for a statement of eligibility is made, one of our parish priests will contact you to provide the necessary documentation.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) begins each September. It is for adults who have never been baptized, were baptized in another Christian religion and now wish to explore becoming Catholic, and for those who were baptized Catholic but never made their First Communion and Confirmation. Anyone who is interested should call the Parish Office at 215-561-1313.