Congratulations! Your baby's Baptism will be a special moment for you and your family. It will also be a special moment for your parish as we welcome your child into God's family.
Baptisms are celebrated on Sundays at 1 pm
If this is your first child to be baptized at St. Jude, we ask you to attend one Baptism Preparation Class before scheduling a Baptism date.
If you have not registered as a member of St. Jude Church, you are encouraged to do so.
Individual Baptism Preparation (not in a class format) will be held until July.
Classes are held on Thursdays from 7pm to 8:30pm in Franciscan Hall Room 4. Please enter at Door 6.
September 9 & 23
October 7 & 21
November 4 & 11
January 13 & 20
February 10 & 17
March 3 & 31
April 7 & 28
July 23 & 28
August 4 & 25
September 1 & 29
October 6 & 20
November 3 & 17
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November 7, 14, 21, 28
December 5, 12, 19
If you had a child baptized at St. Jude, you do not need to attend the Baptism Preparation Class again. Please complete the Baptismal Information form and contact the Parish Office at 815-485-8049 to register for a Baptism date.
A baptism date will not be assigned until the Baptism Form is received.
Church law requires that a person who is to be baptized have at least one godparent who:
- Is a baptized and confirmed member of the Catholic Church.
- Is willing and able to help the child develop and grow in the Catholic faith.
- Is sixteen years of age or older.
If there are two godparents (only one is required), one must be male and the other female.
A baptized Christian, who is not a Catholic, may participate along with a Catholic godparent by serving as a “Christian Witness”.
Non-baptized persons may not officially act as a godparent or a witness to a Baptism of a child in the Catholic Faith.
The names of the godparent(s) and witness, will be recorded in the baptismal records of the church.
It is a joy to welcome a new baby by birth or by adoption. It is an added joy to welcome a new child of God through the waters of Baptism.
Your task, your ministry, is to be a good Christian role model for this child - to set an example by leading a loving and caring Christian life.
Standing near the parents while the Baptism takes place is only the beginning of a lifelong relationship with your godchild who on that day becomes a new member of God's family and a new member of the Church.
Here are some suggestions to assist and guide you in fulfilling your responsibilities as a godparent.
- Start now by praying for your godchild.
- Spend time together.
- Send cards, notes, email messages.
- Call from time to time.
- Attend Mass together.
- Pray together.
- Read the Bible together.
- Celebrate the anniversary of Baptism.
- Serve as a good Christian role model.