What is Baptism?
Baptism is the "first profession of faith" (CCC 189) whereby one is "configured into Christ" (CCC 1272) and cleansed from sin. Baptism leaves an indelible mark of one's new identity in Christ's family. For parents, Baptism is a solemn sacrament as they promise to commit to raising their child in the Catholic faith (i.e. by attending Mass every Sunday to worship God and contribute to their child's growth in faith through catechesis of mind and heart).
To have your child baptized at St. Mary's Cathedral...
1) As a family, you should be coming to the weekend Mass regularly and be known to our Rector, Msgr. O’Connor. As parents, you make a promise to raise your child (ren) Catholic, so this is an essential aspect
2) If step 1 has been met, please contact the parish office at 503.228.4397
3) Schedule and meet with Dcn. Scott for a Baptism class
4) After you have met with Dcn. Scott, St. Mary’s will send you a personalized link with the Baptism information we need for our Sacramental records, as well as schedule a Baptism date and time
Please note Baptisms are scheduled on Sundays after the 11AM Mass
It is possible for non-parishioners to have a Baptism here. The only extra information we need is
1) A signed letter of permission from your parish Pastor stating that he knows who you are and that you are a practicing Catholic(s)
2) A Baptism class (this is usually done at your own parish)
At least one godparent must be a practicing Catholic - meaning they attend Sunday Mass and follow the Precepts of the Catholic Church. For parishioners of St. Mary's Cathedral who are asked to be a godparent, a letter of good standing is required. Known parishioners must be coming to Mass and be known by Monsignor O'Connor in order for that letter to be signed.