Infant Baptism

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.  Arrangements for Infant Baptism must be made in advance by calling the Rectory 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 Church requirements for Roman Catholic Godparents are:

  • A child must have at least one practicing Roman Catholic godparent in good standing with the Church. This Catholic godparent must be at least 16 years old and be mature enough to understand, accept and carry out the duties of a godparent.
  • A godparent must have received the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.
  • A godparent must be living an exemplary life consistent with faith and morals as taught by the Roman Catholic Church.
  • A godparent must be actively practicing the faith.
  • A non-Catholic, baptized Christian may be chosen as a Christian Witness, as long as one godparent is Catholic.
  • Prospective godparents need to submit to the Rectory Office, a Letter of Eligibility from their parish before a date can be selected.

Adult Baptism

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 Rectory Office at 215-561-1313.

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