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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 JoAnn O’Brien 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 scheduled for March and April are canceled and will be rescheduled. Please email JoAnn at for assistance. 

Due to COVID-19 guidelines, we have limited availability for Baptisms. Please complete the form for any inquires or email JoAnn O’Brien.


*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 JoAnn O’Brien, 730 N. Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

  • Preparation Classes 2020

    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 JoAnn O’Brien 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.

    2020 Baptism Preparation Classes

    Saturday Classes 1:00-2:15 PM January 11 (CLOSED – NOT AVAILABLE) February 8 March 14 April 4 May 23 June 13   

    Thursday Classes 6:30-7:45 PM January 16 February 20 March 19 April 16 May 7 June 18   

      • 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.


    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 Baptism.