Baptism is the first sacrament of initiation. It welcomes your child into the parish family of St. Walter and all of Christianity. As parents and Godparents, you accept the responsibility bringing up you child in the ways of the Catholic faith.

What Do I Do First?

Simply contact the rectory at (773) 779-1515 and ask for the pastor, Fr. Jim Mezydlo for an initial meeting with the parents. If your child is of grammar school age and seeking baptism, call Fr. Jim and he will meet with you and then direct you to a teacher for baptismal preparation class.

What Do We Need To Know About Godparents?

Godparents need to be at least 16 years old and a confirmed Catholic. They will be accepting the responsibility to be a life-long faith companion to help the parents of their child.

When Are Baptisms Celebrated?

Baptisms take place on Sundays at 12 o'clock noon. If you wish to have the baptisms take place during Mass, you may choose the 4PM Mass on Saturday or the 8:30AM or 10:30AM Mass on Sunday.

What If I'm a Teenager or Adult? Can I Still Be Baptized?

Yes! Contact the rectory and ask for Fr. Jim. He will meet with you to explain the four stages of the initiation process known as RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). For more info on RCIA, click here.