Cathedral Baptism Policy

Cathedral Policy (please read ALL the policies)

Before your child can be baptized, we need the following:
1. Parents need to be registered and active parishioners for at least two months before attending a Baptism Seminar.

2. For parents coming from another Catholic church two letters are needed from their pastor that must include the following:
a. statement that the parents (or the Catholic parent) are active and in good standing with the church.
b. permission is given to have the child baptized in another parish.

3. Godparents: Godparents sponsor the one being baptized in the Church.  Thus, it is the assumption of the Church (as expressed in church law) that both Godparents are practicing Catholics, confirmed, and are in good standing in the Church. Therefore we need the following:

a. A Baptismal certificate (re-issued within 6 months) of the Godparent, issued from the church of his/her baptism, which indicates all sacraments received by the prospective Godparent.

b. A letter from his/her pastor stating he/she is in good standing with the Church and an active member of his/her parish/church.

4. Proof of Baptism Seminar
a. Written proof/certificate stating that the parents have been to a Baptism Seminar (Catholic Parish) prior to the Baptism.
b. Written proof/certificate stating that the Godparents have been to a Baptism Seminar (Catholic Parish) prior to the Baptism.

Please submit all the required paperwork to Deacon John one month before the baptism.

Cathedral of St. John Berchmans
Attn: Deacon John
939 Jordan St.
Shreveport, Louisiana 71101

Baptism Page

Church Law regarding Baptism in the Catholic Church


Baptism Seminar
Parents should email Deacon John or call the Office at least three months before anticipated date of birth to make arrangements for the seminar.  Parents & Godparents are required to attend a seminar.

2017 Baptism Seminar Schedule:
Saturday, November 11, 9:00am – 12:00 Noon
With multiple speakers & topics!  Nursery available by RSVP!

(St. Joseph Catholic Church schedules baptism seminars on second Wednesdays of the month, in Feb, Ap, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec; 318-865-3581)

Baptism Preparation Form for Parents

Baptism – Requirements for St. John Berchmans’ Parishioner

Baptism – Requirements for Non St. John Berchmans’ Parishioner

Baptism – Cathedral Policy


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