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Baptism

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 dswanson@holynamecathedral.org 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 cancelled and will be reschedule. Please email Dawn Swanson at dswanson@holynamecathedral.org for assistance. 

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 2 February 16 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 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 Dawn Swanson at 312-573-4401 or dswanson@holynamecathedral.org 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.

    Guests

    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.

    Donation

    It is appropriate to make a donation to Holy Name Cathedral at the time of the Baptism. There is no set amount.

    Parking

    On Saturdays and Sundays, 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.