From the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC, 1213):

Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spiritand the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.”


How do I arrange for Baptism at the Cathedral of St Joseph?
Parents requesting the Sacrament of Baptism for their children should be registered members of the parish and they should contact the parish office (573) 635-7991. Parents should try to see that their children are baptized within the first few weeks after birth.