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 most 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.
Baptism Preparation Dates
Baptism preparation classes are held on the following dates from 7-8:30pm. Parents only need to attend one session. Please contact the Parish Office at 815-485-8049 to register.
Thursday, June 20
Monday, June 24
Thursday, July 25
Monday, August 5
Thursday, August 29
Thursday, September 26
Monday, October 7
Thursday, October 28
Monday, November 4
Thursday, December 5
June 16, 23
July 14, 21, 28
August 11, 18, 25
September 15, 22, 29
October 6, 13, 20, 27
November 3, 10, 17
December 8, 15
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.
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.