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The waters of new life, the light of Christ, and the prayers of our common Faith Community are offered to you at this exciting time. All children are welcomed with open arms and all parents will find a community of Christ’s presence and support. No matter if you come to us as a large family, as a single parent, foster or adopted family, you and your child will find a home at Holy Name Cathedral. After reading the details below, please complete the Baptism Registration Form.

FILL OUT THE BAPTISMAL FORM if you are a registered parishioner.

If you are not a registered parishioner, please call or email Dawn Swanson at or 312-573-4401 before filling out the form. In special cases (grandparents are registered parishioners, previous children were baptized at Holy Name, parents were married at Holy Name) we will consider scheduling the baptism here. However families who live outside of Holy Name parish should consider having their baby baptized at the neighborhood Church.


Baptisms will be held in the Cathedral at 2:00 PM on the following Sundays in 2018.

Please note: Baptisms for Sunday, March 11 will be held at 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM.

January 21
February 4
March 11 at 4:00PM
May 6
May 20
June 10
June 17
June 24

July 8
July 22
August 12
August 26
September 9
September 23
October 21
October 28
November 4
November 18
December 2
December 30

Preparation Classes 2018

If this is your first child, we require that you take a Preparation Class prior to the Baptism. Classes can be taken before or after the birth of your child. Babies are welcome at the class. The course is strongly recommended for any godparent who has not previously taken it.
*Please note: You MUST register in advance in order to attend a baptismal class due to limited space. THAT MEANS NO WALK-INS.
Please call or email Dawn Swanson at 312-573-4401 or if you have any questions.

*We offer 2 options for baptismal preparation classes. 

Thursday classes will be held from 6:30-7:45 PM and our Saturday classes are held from 1:00-2:15 PM in the rectory.

2018 Baptism Preparation Classes

Saturday Classes 1:00-2:15 PM
January 13
March 10
May 5
June 9
July 21
August 25
September 29
October 11
November 17
December 1

Thursday Classes 6:30-7:45 PM
January 18
February 22 (CLOSED – Unavailable)
March 8
May 24
June 14
July 12
September 13
October 27
November 8
December 13

*Cost: If you are a parent or a sponsor of a child being baptized at a church other then Holy Name and wish to attend the class, there is a $25 fee. The fee must be paid prior to the class.
Send a $25 non-refundable check made out to Holy Name Cathedral
Address: Holy Name Cathedral – C/O Dawn Swanson
730 N. Wabash – Chicago, IL 60611

A godparent must have received the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.
A godparent must be living an exemplary life consistent with faith and morals as taught by the Roman Catholic Church.
A godparent must be actively practicing the faith.
A non-Catholic, baptized Christian may be chosen as a Christian Witness, as long as one godparent is Catholic.


Each family is allowed to have as many guests as they would like. You will be asked to give the number of guests you expect so that we can reserve that number of seats together.


It is appropriate to make a donation to Holy Name Cathedral at the time of the Baptism. There is no set amount.


Parking is provided during the ceremony at the Cathedral Parking lot on the corner of State and Superior. The entrance to the lot is on Superior.