Sacrament of Baptism
Parents should be registered and active members in the parish. Pre-baptismal class is required for both parents and godparents. To schedule a baptism, arrangements must be made by the parents of the child to be baptized, by calling the parish office. Registration for the Baptismal Preparation Class may also be made by calling Alicia Litrenta in the parish office at 630-851-1100.
Canon Law Requirements for Godparents for Baptism
There seems to be some confusion when Godparents are being considered between wanting to have one’s best friend or another relative or acquaintance be the God parent.
Catholics must have fully initiated Catholic as godparents; that is Godparents in a Catholic baptism needs to be a practicing Catholic and also needs to have received the three sacraments of Initiation, Baptism First Eucharist, and Confirmation. A Godparent cannot be expected to mentor a Godchild if the Godparent himself/herself hasn’t received all of the sacraments of initiation.
A person who is not a Catholic but is a member of a Christian Church with a valid baptism and who has received that valid Baptism in their own church can act as a Christian Witness for the child. In that case, the other sponsor needs to be a fully initiated practicing Catholic.
All Godparents (or the single Christian Witness) also have to have attained the age of 16. When there are two Godparents, one has to be male and the other female.
Also, a Godparent is a permanent choice. In other words if you have a falling out with the person or persons you select to be a Godparent, there name cannot be removed from the official record of the child’s baptism. Another consideration when making a choice of Godparent.
First Holy Communion
Children enrolled in OLGC School receive their First Holy Communion in second grade. Learn more about this Sacrament by contacting our Director of Religious Education, Sister Maria Romero HJ at 630-851-1100 or Sr.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sacrament of Matrimony
Couples intending marriage should be registered, active members of OLGC and call the Parish Center at least 6 months preceding their intended marriage date for the pre-marital preparation program. Please call 630-851-1100 with Mrs. Carol Rosenstiel for more information.
Anointing of the Sick and Communion to Shut-Ins
Please call the Parish Center 630-851-1100, if you or a loved one is admitted to the hospital and would like a visit.