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"Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word."

-Catechism of the Catholic Church 1213

Baptisms at St. Jude

Baptisms are held every first and third Sundays of the month after the Noon Mass.

If you are a parishioner of St. Jude and are seeking to have your child baptized, here are the necessary steps:

  • Contact the parish office to request a date

  • The parish secretary will lead you in the documentation process

  • Arrange a meeting with Father prior to the baptism (parents are required and Godparents are encouraged).


Parents should be registered parishioners of the Church of St. Jude. Exceptions will be made only with special permission of the pastor.

Contact the Sheila Passehl, the Parish Secretary for Batpism information 815-725-2209.  


The Role of the Godparents

The role of the godparent is to assist the parents and the child in living a Catholic life.  To assume this responsibility, the godparent must provide a good example of living a life of faith.  This means they attend Mass faithfully, participate the sacramental life of the Church, and live a life of virtue in accord with the teachings of the Church.  The role of godparent is service done in the name of the Church, and to ensure that the person who is a godparent can perform that service, the Church holds the following as the requirements for godparents:


When a child or adult is to be baptized, he or she must have at least one godparent.  It is customary for children to have two godparents. When there are two, one must be male and the other must be female. 

At Least One Godparent Must:

  • Be Catholic

  • Have been baptized, confirmed, and have received First Holy Communion

  • Be 16 or older

  • Be an active registered member of a Catholic Parish


In general, if a potential sponsor is not a member of the parish where the baptism is to take place, he or she must obtain a letter or certificate from their own parish which affirms that they meet the above requirements.  If there is one godparent, the appointment of one ‘Christian witness’ to the baptism ceremony is allowed.  This witness must be a baptized, practicing Christian.  

If you have any questions regarding godparents, you may call the parish office at 815-725-22009.

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