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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.

Baptisms will be held in the Cathedral at 2:00 PM on the following Sundays in 2019.

January 13
January 20
January 27
February 10
February 24
March 3
April 7
April 28

May 19
May 26
June 9
June 23
July 14
July 21

Preparation Classes 2019

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.

2019 Baptism Preparation Classes

Saturday Classes 1:00-2:15 PM
February 16
March 23
April 27
May 25
June 22
July 27

Thursday Classes 6:30-7:45 PM
February 7
March 7
April 11
May 2
June 6
July 11

*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.