The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the AssumptionEspanol
St. Mary Cathedral altar
Baptisms, Confirmations, and RCIA
Here may the waters of baptism overwhelm the shame of sin; here may your people die to sin and live again through grace as your children.
(Rite of Dedication of a Church and an Altar, 1977)
Infant Baptisms
  • Infant Baptisms are celebrated in the Cathedral on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 2:15 p.m. in English and every 1st Sunday of the month at 2:15 p.m. in Spanish. (Kindly refer to Hispanic Ministries.)
  • Parents must contact the parish Office at 415-567-2020 for Baptism Preparation class information.
  • The Church expects that the parents and the sponsors attend the preparation classes so that they are prepared for this first sacramental encounter and celebration with their child.
  • Pre-Baptismal instructions are given in English on the 1st Saturday of the month in the lower level of the Cathedral. The parents and the sponsors are invited to gather at the office of the Cathedral at 10:00 a.m. These classes last approximately one hour.
  • The Pre-Baptismal instructions in Spanish are on the last Sunday of the month at 9:30 a.m. -11:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Cathedra. (Kindly refer to Hispanic Ministries.)
Christian Initiation of School Age Children
  • The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults with adaptations for Children is celebrated year round. Parents requesting the Baptism for their school age children (2nd grade and beyond) are asked to call Mr. Doug Benbow at 415-567-2020 Ext. 220 for an initial interview.
    Baptism for these children is celebrated at the Easter Vigil.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
  • The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process is in session at the Cathedral year round. All candidates are required to meet with the director for an initial interview upon entering the process. Interviews are conducted at the candidate's convenience. The culmination of the process comes with the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil (Holy Saturday Night).
Who is the RCIA process for?
  • If you are a child of school age (2nd grade and beyond) and have not been baptized
  • If you are 18 or over and have not been baptized
  • If you are baptized in another Christian tradition and would like to become a Catholic
  • If you are a registered parishioner at St. Mary's Cathedral and a baptized Catholic and have not made your First Communion and Confirmation, but would like to do so, you may obtain an initial interview by calling:
    Doug Benbow: 415-567-2020 Ext. 220
First Communion & Confirmation for Youth
Call the Parish Office
Confirmation for Adults
Confirmation of Adults who are registered Cathedral parishioners.
Mr. Doug Benbow
415-567-2020 Ext. 220
The Sacrament of Matrimony
Prepare for a wedding at the Cathedral
Baptismal Font