Holy Baptism

“Baptism takes away original sin, all personal sins and all punishment due to sin. It makes the baptized person a participant in the divine life of the Trinity through sanctifying grace, the grace of justification which incorporates one into Christ and into His Church.” – (from the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church #263)


Holy Baptism is the gateway of God’s grace to the soul. It is important to give this grace to your child from the beginning. The Church strongly urges parents to baptize their children soon after birth so that they may benefit from God’s own divine life dwelling within them.

The birth of your child is such a gift! Let the Cathedral parish help you give the gift of new birth through the waters of Holy Baptism. For a child to receive Baptism at the Cathedral, please note that at least one parent must be a practicing Catholic, regularly attend Holy Mass, participating in the life of the parish, and be registered at the Cathedral for a sufficient time prior to requesting a date. First-time parents must attend our Baptismal Preparation session prior to the Baptism. Please contact Ms. Cheryl LaRose at secretary@charlestoncathedral.com for more information.

Regarding Godparents (please read before selecting Godparents): Godparents are practicing Catholics who promise to aid their godchild in learning and growing in the Roman Catholic faith. When choosing this most important role, at least one person must be a practicing Catholic and at least sixteen years old and, if married, must have been married validly according to Canon Law of the Catholic Church. Another baptized Christian may stand as a Christian witness, but such persons are not true godparents, who promise to help raise a child specifically in the Roman Catholic faith and to be a spiritual role model for our Catholic faith. It is strongly urged that both be practicing Catholics and, therefore, true Godparents.

If you are an adult seeking Baptism or more information on the Catholic faith, contact the Parish Office.  We are happy to help you on your spiritual journey home!

Cathedral Baptism Form- Online Registration

Godparents Guidelines.pdf
Click the link above for Godparent Guidelines