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.


To obtain a copy of your certificate of Baptism, Marriage, First Holy Communion and/or Confirmation, please contact the parish office at 573.635.7991, or you may submit a written request mailed to:

Cathedral of St. Joseph
Attn. Sacramental Records
2305 West Main Street
Jefferson City, MO 65109

Learn more about Baptism:

The sacrament of Baptism is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation and is the first of the seven sacraments in the Catholic Church.   Baptism removes the effects of Original Sin which taints all of humanity by Adam and Eve’s sin, and welcomes the recipient into the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ on earth.