Baptism at St. Mary Immaculate
Please call the Parish Office at 815-436-2651 to begin the process of having a baptism at St. Mary Immaculate. You will need to complete 3 steps before your child can be baptized:
- Register as a Parishioner
- Register for a Baptism Prep class
- Schedule the Baptism
Register as a Parishioner
To have your child baptized at St. Mary Immaculate, you must be a member of the parish. If you are not a member of the parish, you must attend a Welcoming and Registration session, which takes place most Sunday mornings at 10:15 am. Please see a list of dates of when registration will not take place.
Register for a Baptism Prep Class
Once you have registered as a parishioner, call the Parish Office and sign up for a Baptism Prep Class. We have many classes to choose from, mostly taking place in the evening. For the dates for our 2019 Baptism Prep Classes, click here
Parents should attend the class BEFORE their child is born. These classes are offered twice a month in English and once a month in Spanish in North Wing Room B (by the Adoration Chapel). Space is limited to 10 families per class. If you have attended a Baptism class at St. Mary’s within the last 3 years, this requirement is waived.
Schedule the Baptism
Once you have completed the Prep Class, call the Parish Office to schedule the baptism. Baptism at St. Mary Immaculate typically takes place on the 2nd and 3rd Sunday of each month at 2:00 pm or during weekend liturgies when available. Spanish Baptisms take place on the 4th Saturday of the month at 11:00 am unless otherwise noted.
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
*Active 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. Therefore, if the godparent is not a parishioner at St. Mary Immaculate, they should obtain a letter or certificate from the church where they are registered.
Role of the Godparent
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.
However, 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.