For more information on this ministry, contact the Parish Office at 708-895-6700



The parish family of St. Ann's is happy you have chosen to have your child baptized. In the waters of baptism, we become members of the Body of Christ--God's People. Baptism is the first of the three Sacraments of -Initiation. The other two are Confirmation and Eucharist. Baptisms take place in the Church on scheduled Sundays immediately following the 10:30 a.m. mass. If you have additional questions, call the parish office at 708-895-6700.

Who is considered for infant baptism?

The Church considers anyone who has not yet completed their seventh year to be an infant. Therefore, the parents of children under the age of seven may request baptism and attend the parish's infant baptism preparation session. For those children who are over seven years of age the Church requires that they make a RCIY program. Therefore, it is necessary that they themselves be prepared for the Sacraments of Initiation. St. Ann Parish has ministries which focus on our children of our parish such us Religious Education Program and RCIY classes.

What is the role of the Sponsors/Godparents?

The role of the sponsor or Godparent is, "together with the parents, to present an infant at baptism, and help the baptized to lead a Christian life in harmony with baptism, and to fulfill faithfully the obligations connected with it." (Canon 872) In the beginning of the Rite of Baptism of Children, the Godparents are asked if they are willing to help the parents of the one baptized in their duties as Christian parents. Thus, the function of the Godparents is not merely ceremonial or social but to assist the parents in raising their child in the practice of the faith.

Who may serve as a Sponsor or Godparent?

The Church has established the following norms governing the qualifications needed to be a sponsor or Godparent. The sponsor must: be at least sixteen (16) years old; "be a Catholic who has been Confirmed and has already received the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist and leads a life in harmony with the faith and role to be undertaken;" "not be bound by any canonical penalty...;" "not be the father or mother of the one to be baptized." (Canon 874,1)

The Baptism of adults (From: Catechism of The Catholic Church)

If you have additional questions, call the parish office at 708-895-6700 or Rel Education Office: 708-895-5970.

1247 Since the beginning of the Church, adult Baptism is the common practice where the proclamation of the Gospel is still new. The catechumenate (preparation for Baptism) therefore occupies an important place. This initiation into Christian faith and life should dispose the catechumen to receive the gift of God in Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist.

1248 The catechumenate, or formation of catechumens, aims at bringing their conversion and faith to maturity, in response to the divine initiative and in union with an ecclesial community. The catechumenate is to be "a formation in the whole Christian life . . . during which the disciples will be joined to Christ their teacher. The catechumens should be properly initiated into the mystery of salvation and the practice of the evangelical virtues, and they should be introduced into the life of faith, liturgy, and charity of the People of God by successive sacred rites.


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