Join the Cathedral

A warm welcome is extended to new parishioners! We invite all parishioners to register with the Rectory Office. If you are new to the parish, or if you are a regular communicant who has never formally registered as a parishioner, there are registration forms available at the Parish Office (Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm) or online.

Registration helps us to serve you when issuing letters in connection with sponsorship of Baptism, Confirmation or Matrimony. Baptism, Confirmation and Marriage are all sacraments which are taken very seriously. In order for you to receive a sacrament or play a role in someone else’s reception of a sacrament, you will need to have been an active parishioner. When someone is asked to be a godparent or to sponsor someone’s Confirmation, a Letter of Eligibility is required from our Parish testifying that the godparent or sponsor is an active parishioner.

A Letter of Eligibility This person must be registered and an active member of the parish for a minimum of 6 months.  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.

Parish Boundaries: Broad Street from Fairmount Avenue to Market Street; to the Schuylkill River; to the Spring Garden Street Bridge; to the George Washington Monument (entrance to the Parkway); along Parkway to 20th Street; to Fairmount Avenue; to Broad St.  If you do not live within the Parish boundaries, you must get a letter of permission from the Parish in which you reside before registering with the Cathedral.

Click here to download the parish registration form.