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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.


Registering for a 2022 Baptism

Due to COVID-19 guidelines, we have limited availability for Baptisms. To schedule your child’s Baptism, please CLICK HERE. These are the earliest dates currently available.

If you have any questions, please email Martha Welter at

Not a Registered Parishioner: If you are not a registered parishioner, please email Martha Welter at to check on current policies and availability. 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.

Guests: Each family is allowed to have a maximum of 25 guests (including the parents and child).

Donation: It is appropriate to make a donation to Holy Name Cathedral at the time of the Baptism or when you register for your Baptism. There is no set amount.

Parking: On Saturdays (after 12noon) and on Sundays (all day), you should park in the Loyola University Parking Lot, located at 20 W. Chicago Avenue, on the north side of the street between State and Dearborn Streets. Just let the security guard on duty know you are there for the Baptism. This lot does not require a validated ticket but cars need to depart upon completion of the Baptism.

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. 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 Baptism Preparation class. Please register on the Baptism Prep Class Registration form here. Please email Martha Welter at if you have any questions. You can pay the appropriate baptism class fee on the registration form.

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.

*Cost: If you are a parent or a sponsor of a child being baptized at a church other than Holy Name and wish to attend the class, there is a $25 fee. The fee must be paid along with your registration.