Sacraments at the Cathedral


The Cathedral of the Incarnation provides a Baptism preparation class designed for parents and godparents of infants. The goal of the class is to help parents become aware of the significance of Baptism as a beginning, not an end, to a lifelong commitment. The one hour class delves into the purpose of Baptism from both a spiritual and practical standpoint. The class also provides them with ideas and tools for raising their Catholic family as a "domestic church."

Parishioners of Cathedral are required to take the class prior to having the infants baptized. They must do so prior to scheduling the baptism. Anyone may attend this class even after baptism when no preparation program has been available. 

Any interested parties are welcome. No reservations are necessary. The class is currently offered the first Sunday of each month at 9:45AM in room 303 of Saint Albert Hall. Location of the class is subject to change because of holidays or other events.

2021 Dates:

  • September 12  (moved from holiday weekend)
  • October 3
  • November 7 
  • December 5

Call the church office for more information at (615) 327-2330.



Adults who have never been baptized take part in RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), and will typically be baptized at the Easter Vigil. The Catholic Church recognizes the Baptism from other Christian denominations who baptize in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Thus, a person can only be baptized once. For adults inquiring about Baptism, call (615) 327-2330 ext 1306 or email for further information.



Children typically celebrate their first Sacrament of Penance at the ages 7-8, prior to First Holy Communion. Adults typically make their first confession through the RCIA process
If it has been years since your last confession, and you don't know what to do, simply let the priest know. He will guide you through the process. 

Confessions are regularly scheduled at Cathedral on Saturday from 3:30pm - 5:00pm. You may schedule confession at other times by calling (615) 327-2330.



Eucharist is Greek word meaning "to give thanks." It is a celebration of Christ's gifts - especially the gift of worshipping God the Father as a community. Eucharist has held a central place of prominence in the Church for nearly 2,000 years. Every time we gather for Eucharist, we take part in the great mystery of faith. We believe that this sacred bread and wine are the body and blood of Jesus. When we eat his body and drink his blood, we will have eternal life. It's not mere symbolism.

The Sacrament of First Eucharist is celebrated by children who are 7-8 years of age, and by adults who enter the Church through RCIA following a period of preparation. 

For more information for children's First Communion call Robin Baskin, Director of Religious Education, at (615) 327-0919 or,



The typical age for Confirmation is eighth grade, following a period of preparation. Teens at the Cathedral are prepared for this sacrament through the Religious Education program. For more information contact Robin Baskin, Director of Religious Education, at (615) 327-0919. For adults needing Confirmation, contact Kevin F. Raymond, Director of RCIA at (615) 327-2330 x 1306.



The Sacrament of Holy Orders is reserved for those who are entering the ministerial priesthood to serve the faithful. That includes Bishops, Priests, and Deacons. They receive special gifts to share the sacraments with the faithful. Holy Orders is a sacrament through which a person dedicates his life to God.

The Diocese of Nashville offers Evening of Discernment for those asking the question if priesthood is the place where they are being called. If you feel you have such a calling, make an appointment with your priest. For a priest at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, call (615) 327-2330.

To explore the Catholic priesthood in the Diocese of Nashville with information, prayer ideas, and opportunities for further discernment go to the Nashville Vocations website at



The union of husband and wife can be compared to the union between Christ and his Church. The two become one flesh and share in the great union of Christ's love. 
A Christian marriage is a sacrament in which a baptized man and woman pledge their love through a deep and personal covenant.
To celebrate this sacrament, the man and woman must be of mature age. There can't be a previously existing valid marriage. And they must freely intend to enter a lifelong commitment.
Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage must begin no less than four months before the wedding.  Parishioners marrying another Catholic should contact our priest.  Parishioners marrying a non-Catholic should contact our Deacon.

Guidelines for Weddings at the Cathedral of the Incarnation



A sacrament of healing, Anointing of the Sick was once known as "extreme unction." The idea behind this sacrament is that we are all members of the body of Christ. When one of us suffers, all of us suffer, and all of God's creation suffers with us.

This is a ministry of comfort. Through Anointing, the sick are reminded that Christ and the Church are in communion with their suffering. The Holy Spirit shares the blessings of health, trust in God, and strength against temptation.

The Sacrament of Anointing is not a magic cure for all that ails you. The terminally ill may or may not receive physical healing, but they will receive spiritual healing.

If you or someone in your family is seriously ill or going into surgery, call a Priest. As minister of this sacrament, the Priest will lay hands on the head of the sick, pray, and anoint the sick with oil specially blessed for this occasion. This sacrament can be celebrated more than once.

Call the Cathedral at (615) 327-2330 to request Anointing of the Sick.

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