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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 2017.

Please note: Baptisms for Sunday, May 7 will be held at 4:00PM.

January 15
January 22
February 5
February 19
April 2
May 7 (4PM)
June 11
June 18
July 9

August 6
August 20
September 10
September 24
October 15
October 22
November 5
November 19
December 3
December 17

Preparation Classes 2017

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. Please note the date and times have changed for 2017.

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.

2017 Baptism Preparation Classes

Saturday Classes 1:00-2:15 PM
January 14 (CLOSED – unavailable)
January 21
February 11 (CLOSED – unavailable)
February 18 (CLOSED – unavailable)
March 25 (CLOSED – unavailable)
April 22 (CLOSED – unavailable)
April 29
May 6
May 13
June 3 (CLOSED – unavailable)
July 22 (CLOSED – unavailable)
August 26 (CLOSED – unavailable)
September 23
October 28
November 11
December 9

Thursday Classes 6:30-7:45 PM
January 12 (CLOSED – unavailable)
February 9 (CLOSED – unavailable)
March 16
April 20 (CLOSED – unavailable)
May 11
June 8 (CLOSED – unavailable)
July 20 (CLOSED – unavailable)
August 17 CLOSED – unavailable)
September 21
October 19
November 16
December 14

*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.