Baptism



Congratulations on your upcoming celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism!

Steps to celebrate a baptism at Sacred Heart Cathedral:

  1. Please make sure you are registered as a member in a parish, either here at Sacred Heart Cathedral or at another parish. If you are a member of another parish, we ask that you provide a letter of permission from your pastor to baptize here. *This is for both parents and godparents.
  2. Godparents can be married or single, but must be in communion with the Catholic Church. If you received pre-baptismal preparation at another parish, please provide a letter from the parish stating that you have completed the pre-baptismal preparation. *This is for both parents and godparents.
  3. Once these requirements are met, call or come by the parish office and we will be happy to get you to one of our priests so he can set up the date and time for your baptism.

Please feel free to call the Cathedral office with questions at 865.588.0249 (M-F 9am-4pm)

Spanish Baptism Requirements


Baptism is the first Sacrament of Initiation by which we are freed from all sin and are endowed with the gift of divine life, are made members of the Church, and are called to holiness and mission. Baptism makes us the dwelling place of the Most Blessed Trinity, makes each of us a holy temple, for “holy is the temple of God, and this temple you are.” (1 Corinthians 3:17)