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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 27 February 10 February 24 March 3 April 7 April 28 May 19 May 26 June 9 June 23 July 14 July 21

August 4 August 18 August 25 September 8 September 15 September 29 October 13 October 27 November 10 November 17 December 1 December 15 December 29

Baptisms will be held in the Cathedral at 2:00 PM on the following Sundays in 2020. July – December dates will be listed in December or early January. 

January 12 January 19 February 10 February 2 February 16 March 1 March 15 March 29   

April 19 April 26 May 3 May 17 June 7 June 21


*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

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 January 19 (CLOSED – NOT AVAILABLE) February 16 March 23 April 27 May 25 June 22 July 27 August 10 September 14 October 12 November 9 December 7

Thursday Classes 6:30-7:45 PM January 10 (CLOSED – NOT AVAILABLE)  February 7 CLOSED -NOT AVAILABLE) March 7 April 11 May 2 June 6 July 11 August 22 September 26 October 24 November 14 December 19

    • 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.