The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart require that parents be properly prepared for both living out the commitment they are making to raise their baptized child in the Catholic faith and for being able to celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism with understanding. Therefore, parents are to first schedule an initial visit with clergy or staff and attend baptism preparation classes before a baptism can be scheduled (except in extreme, life and death circumstances.)
First and foremost, all parents must make note that in order for your child to be baptized at Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, you must have completed our preparation process (1 Initial Visit, 2 Classes) Once the initial visit and two classes are completed, you may then schedule your child's Baptism, provided that all required documentation is received.
For parents who are NOT parishioners and wishing to baptize their children here at the Co - Cathedral, it is required that they submit proof of attendance of the 2 mandatory baptism preparation classes in their parish. This proof MUST come from their Pastor by way of a letter of completion.
Baptism preparation at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart is (at minimum) a two month process and dates for Baptism cannot be guaranteed until the initial visit and the two classes are completed. Therefore, please plan accordingly.
What is Baptism Preparation like at the Co-Cathedral?
The Baptism preparation process begins with the parent(s) scheduling one "initial visit" and then attending two classes. The initial visit will be between the parent(s) and a member of the clergy or Cathedral staff member. The initial visit is meant to answer all your questions about the baptism preparation process, especially those questions that are specific to your family circumstances.
During the initial visit parent(s) fill out a registration form and sign-up for the next two class dates. If you are unable to attend the class that you registered for, please contact the Baptism Coordinator at (713) 337-3570 to reschedule. Classes take place every 2nd Sunday of the month from 3PM-5PM in the Cathedral Centre (with exceptions). Required class topics alternate months. Both class topics are required, so please plan accordingly if you are not able to attend two consecutive months.
After parent(s) have completed both classes, they can then contact the Baptism Coordinator to schedule their child's Baptism.