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Congratulations on the planned baptism of your child! Holy Name Cathedral is pleased to be the Church in which this first Sacrament will be celebrated. After reading the details below, please complete the Baptism Registration Form.

*If you are a registered parishioner (you regularly get mail from us), go ahead and fill out the baptismal form. If you are not a registered parishioner, please call or email Dawn Swanson at   312-573-4401 or dswanson@holynamecathedral.org 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. However families who live outside of Holy Name parish should consider having their baby baptized at the neighborhood Church.  

Baptisms will be held in the Cathedral at 2:00pm on the following Sundays in 2015. (July - December dates will be posted later)
*March 29, 2015 baptism are held at 2:30pm due to Palm Sunday.

January 4 April 19
January 18 April 26
February 1 May 10
February 8 May 24
March 8 June 7
March 29 at 2:30pm June 21

Preparation Class

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.  

*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 

*We offer 2 options for baptismal preparation classes. 
Friday classes will be held from 7:30-8:30pm
Saturday classes are held from 1:00-2:00pm


 2015 Baptism Preparation Class Dates

Saturday                                           Friday
1-2pm                                              7:30-8:30pm

January 3 January 16 (CLOSED)
February 7 February 20
March 7 March 20
April 11 April 17
May 2 May 15
June 6 June 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.

To register, please complete the form below.  If you only need to attend a Baptism Preparation class, please send an email to Dawn Swanson at dswanson@holynamecathedral.org to schedule a class, please do not fill out the form below for a preparation class only.

After scheduling your baptism, a confirmation letter will be mailed to your home.  If you do not receive your confiratmion letter within two weeks,  please call Dawn at the above number.