Baptism

"For the promise is to you and your children and to all that are far off, every one whom the Lord our God calls to him." -Acts 2:39

We are grateful that you’ve chosen the Basilica for your child’s Baptism. As Jesus healed the paralytic (Mark 2:5), so too will your child be born anew (John 3:5).

“By God’s gift through water and the Holy Spirit we are reborn to everlasting life. In his goodness, may he continue to pour out his blessings upon these sons and daughters of his. May he make them always, wherever they may be, faithful members of his holy people. May he send his peace upon all who are gathered here, in Christ Jesus our Lord.”     From the Rite of Baptism

Please read the FAQ section below, which answers some of the more commonly asked questions. Then fill out and submit the Baptism Request Form.

Baptism FAQ
Baptism Request Form

Q. How old can the child be?
A. From infant to five years of age. If the child is older than five years, and you are not a registered member of the Basilica parish, you will need to contact your local parish and register your child in their religious education program.

Q. Who can be a godparent?
A. Canon Law requires only one godparent, who must be a practicing Catholic and active in their parish.

To be a practicing and active Catholic means:

  • They are baptized, confirmed and received the Eucharist in the Catholic Church
  • They are at least 16 years old
  • They attend Mass every Sunday
  • If they are married, they are in a valid Catholic marriage (blessed in the Church)
  • In good standing with the Catholic Church

If there are to be 2 Godparents, one must be male, and the other must be female. If one of the godparents is not Catholic, but is a baptized Christian, they may serve as a Christian witness to the baptism along with the Catholic godparent. Note: the parents of the baby to be baptized may not serve as godparents. Also, it is not permitted to have more than 2 godparents.

Q. Do the godparents need to fill out any paperwork in order to officially serve as godparents?

A. Yes! They must have this form filled out by the pastor of their parish. It must be sealed with the parish seal and mailed to us 1 month prior to the baptism at:

Baltimore Basilica
c/o Maura Belton
320 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Q. When can I register for the preparation class?
A. After we receive and review your completed baptism registration form, you will be contacted by the parish office. Basilica Baptismal Preparation classes are held on the 1st Sunday of each month by appointment only. Call our Office Manager at us 410-547-5523. Both parents and godparents MUST attend a preparation class.

Q. After I complete the required paperwork and attend the class, what happens next?
A. Unless you have arranged for an alternate date, baptisms will take place on the 2nd Sunday of each month following the 10:45 AM Mass. You will need to confirm that your child is scheduled for an agreed upon baptism date and time before making arrangements.

Q. How much does it cost?
A. There is no fee for a sacrament. However, the parish depends on your generosity. A donation is always greatly appreciated. $50-100 is a typical donation