Baptism

This is the first of the seven sacraments and the "door" which gives access to the other sacraments.  Baptism is the first and chief sacrament of forgiveness of sins because it unites us with Christ, who died for our sins and rose for our justifications.

(taken from Catechism of the Catholic Church)

Preparing for Baptism

If this is your first time bringing a child forward for baptism, or you haven't attended a baptism class within 5 years since your last child was baptized, parents are required to attend a baptismal preparation class held by our Deacon Dave Sattler and his wife Terry. Baptism preparation classes are typically held the second or third Tuesday of each month in the evening. Please contact the parish office at 630-837-5411 or info@stpeterdamian.org to schedule a date.

Scheduling a Baptism date

Baptisms are celebrated on the first and third Sunday of each month at 1 pm, except during Lent when baptisms are not celebrated. To schedule a date to have your child baptized, please complete the Baptismal Intake Form. Upon completion, you may email it to info@stpeterdamian.org. You can also call our parish office to schedule a baptism. Completed forms will be reviewed by the parish receptionist and families will be contacted with more information.

Godparent Requirements

Although the selection of (2) godparents is customary, only (1) godparent is required for baptism. A godparent can be either female or male, if choosing (1).

If (2) godparents are chosen, (1) MUST be female and (1) MUST be male.

A godparent MUST be over the age of 16 and have received the Sacrament of Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation in the Catholic faith. During the intake period, godparents are required to submit proof of the Sacrament of Confirmation. Proof of this sacrament can be attained by contacting the church where the sacrament was celebrated.

A baptized Catholic, who has not received all the above mentioned sacraments may NOT be a godparent.

A godparent is someone who is leading a life in harmony with the Catholic faith and the role of a sponsor.

A godparent cannot be the parent of the child being baptized and cannot be bound by any canonical penalty.

A baptized non-Catholic Christian can be chosen as a Christian witness provided there is at least (1) Catholic godparent.