Baptism at St. Mary Immaculate
English Baptisms are typically held on the 2nd and 3rd Sunday of each month at 2:00 pm or during weekend liturgies when available. Spanish Baptisms are held on the 4th Saturday of the month at 11:00 am unless otherwise noted. Please call the Parish Office at 815-436-2651 to register for a Baptism Class and to schedule a Baptism.
Parents of children are required to attend a Baptism Class prior to setting a date for the baptism of their child.
For the dates for our 2019 Baptism Prep Classes, click here
We encourage parents to attend the class BEFORE your child is born. These classes are offered twice a month in English and once a month in Spanish. If you have attended a Baptism class at St. Mary’s within the last 3 years, this requirement is waived.
When a child or an adult is to be baptized, he or she must have at least one godparent. It is customary for children to have two godparents. When there are two, one must be male and the other female.
At Least One Godparent must:
(a) Be Catholic
(b) Have been baptized, confirmed and have received First Communion
(c) Be 16 or older
(d) Be an active, registered member of a Roman Catholic parish
This means that they must be practicing the faith. In general, if a potential sponsor is not a member of the parish where the baptism is to take place, he or she must obtain a letter or certificate from their own parish which affirms that they meet the above requirements.
The role of the godparent is to assist the parents and the child in living a Catholic life. In order to do so, the sponsor needs to provide good example of living that life. The role of godparent is a role of service done in the name of the Church, and the person who is a sponsor should be capable of performing that service.
If there is one godparent, the appointment of one ‘Christian witness’ to the baptism ceremony is allowed. This witness must be a baptized, practicing Christian.
If you have other specific questions regarding godparents, please call the parish office at 815-436-2651.