Scheduling a Baptism

Baptisms at St. Patrick are celebrated after the 11 am Mass on Sundays. If you plan to not attend the Mass, please have the Baptism party arrive by 12:15 pm. We recommend that you check with invited friends and family members before selecting a specific date.

Requirements for Parents

Baptism Classes: First time parents are required to attend a one time pre-baptismal preparation class. These classes are usually offered on the first Monday evening of each month. Information regarding sponsors, parent responsibilities, and an overview of the Rite of Baptism is given during these preparations classes.

Non-Registered Families: If you are from out of town or not a registered family within our Parish, please provide the following documentation:

  • Letter of permission/proof of registration from your home parish
  • Proof of Pre-Baptism class (for first time parents)

For more information and to request your child’s baptism, please call the parish office at 309-662-7361.

Visiting Clergy

If you wish to ask a Priest or Deacon from another parish to officiate at the baptism, please contact your clergy first to confirm his willingness and availability.

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Requirements for Sponsors (Godparents)

At baptism, the sponsor (godparent) begins a life-long relationship with their godchild, praying for and supporting their godchild in faith, as well as providing an example of the Catholic faith in action.

You may choose one or two sponsors for your child. Only one is necessary. At least one sponsor must be an active, practicing Catholic. The other godparent may be a Christian of another denomination. If both godparents are Catholic, one should be male and one female.

The Catholic sponsor must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a practicing Catholic and a member of a parish
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation in the Catholic Church
Baptismal Bib, Candle, and Certificate

The Parish will provide the Baptismal Candle, in addition to a Baptismal Bib, as a symbolic gift from the Parish. These are yours to keep as reminder of this joyous milestone.

A Baptismal Certificate for your child will be handed to you following the Baptism. Please note that the Baptismal Certificate will reflect the mother’s maiden (baptismal) name. Please keep the certificate in a safe place with other important documents for future reference.

We look forward to helping you plan your child’s baptism!

If you have any questions, please contact the parish office at 309-662-7361.