Baptisms, Confirmations, and RCIA

Baptisms, Confirmations, and RCIA

Infant Baptism

Here may the waters of baptism overwhelm the shame of sin; here may your people die to sin and live again through grace as your children.
(Rite of Dedication of a Church and an Altar, 1977)
Infant Baptisms
    • Infant Baptisms are celebrated in the Cathedral only on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 2:30 p.m. in English and every 1st Sunday of the month at 2:30 p.m. in Spanish. (Kindly refer to Hispanic Ministries.) There are no exceptions outside of these dates.
    • Parents must fill out and submit their registration form. All Baptism Preparation class instruction is on this website. Due to limited staffing we will not be communicating by telephone. Any and all communications will take place by email only at
    • 2021 Baptism dates in English: Jan. 10, Feb. 14, Mar. 14, Apr. 11, May 9, June 13, Jul. 11, Aug. 8, Sep. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 12
    • 2021 Fechas de Bautismo en Español:  enero 3, febrero 7, marzo 7, abril 4, mayo 2, junio 6, julio 4, agosto 1, septiembre 5, octubre 3, noviembre 7, deciembre 5.

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  • The Church expects that the parents and the sponsors attend the Online ZOOM Preparation Classes on their computers or Ipads so that they are prepared for this first sacramental encounter and celebration with their child. We strongly encourage a saint’s name for the child that is chosen to serve as a special patron to protect, guide, and be the heavenly intercessor for the individual who bears his or her name.
  • Pre-Baptismal instructions are given in English on the 1st Saturday of the month by ZOOM Video/Telephone Online at 10:00 am. These classes last approximately one hour and a half.
  • The cost for the Baptism Classes must be submitted on the Donate Page here “Click Here for Payment” using your credit or debit card. The cost for two parents and two Godparents is $100.00 (no checks, please) and $50.00 for God parents who will be at a Baptism in another Church outside of the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption.
  • The Pre-Baptismal instructions in Spanish are on the last Sunday of the month at 9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. in the lower level of the Cathedral. (Kindly refer to Hispanic Ministries.)

Christian Initiation of School Age Children

  • The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults with adaptations for Children is celebrated year round. Parents requesting the Baptism for their school age children (2nd grade and beyond) are asked to call the Parish Office at 415-567-2020 for an initial interview.
    Baptism for these children is celebrated at the Easter Vigil.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

  • The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process is in session at the Cathedral year round. All candidates are required to have an initial interview upon entering the process. Interviews are conducted at the candidate’s convenience. Please call the Parish Office at 415-567-2020 to make an appointment. The culmination of the process comes with the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil (Holy Saturday Night).

Who is the RCIA process for?

  • If you are a child of school age (2nd grade and beyond) and have not been baptized
  • If you are 18 or over and have not been baptized
  • If you are baptized in another Christian tradition and would like to become a Catholic
  • If you are a registered parishioner at St. Mary’s Cathedral and a baptized Catholic and have not made your First Communion and Confirmation, but would like to do so, you may obtain an initial interview by calling:
    Parish Office: 415-567-2020

First Communion & Confirmation for Youth

Call the Parish Office

Confirmation for Adults

Confirmation of Adults who are registered Cathedral parishioners.
Parish Office
415-567-2020 Ext. 220