The Rite of Baptism for Children includes these words, "The Christian community welcomes you with great joy." And it is also with great joy that our church helps parents prepare for the baptism of their baby. In bringing forward your child for baptism, you seek to make a permanent connection between your child and Christ with the Christian community. No matter how close or distant your own relationship with God, the new life of your child has stirred a desire in you to seek baptism for him or her. In this sacrament, the Christian community promises to walk beside you in nurturing the faith of your child.
To learn more about preparing your child for Baptism at St. Alphonsus, please contact Pastoral Associate, Brooks Robinson at 773-525-0709 ext. 111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preparing For Baptism
If this is your first time bringing a child forward for baptism, it is a requirement of the Archdiocese of Chicago that both parents and godparents participate in one baptism preparation session. Preparation classes are normally held once a month on Wednesday evenings. Godparents are welcome to attend class at St. Alphonsus or at their local parish.
If you have already had a child baptized at St. Alphonsus, you need not attend the preparation session again, unless you would like to.
Choosing A Godparents
It is required to have at least one Catholic godparent who is confirmed and over the age of 16. A non-Catholic, baptized Christian may share in the responsibilities with a Catholic godparent and is considered a Christian witness. In keeping with our faith tradition, godparents are one male and one female. If considering two godparents of the same gender, please contact us to seek permission.
Choosing A Baptism Date
Most baptisms at St. Alphonsus are celebrated at 1:30 p.m. on most Sundays. For a schedule of Baptisms, call the main office as we try not to schedule more than four infants per ceremony.