"Baptism, the door to life and to the kingdom of God…
is the sacrament by which its recipients are incorporated into the Church
and are built up together in the Spirit into a house where God lives,
into a holy nation and a royal priesthood."
General Introduction to the Rite of Baptism for Children
The Sacrament of Baptism
Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, 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.
Baptism (also called christening) is the first sacrament we receive and makes us members of the Church.
Baptisms in English are celebrated on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month after de 10 a.m. Masses.
Baptisms in Spanish are on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month after the 1 p.m. Mass
Call the parish office to schedule a baptism (No Baptisms are held during Lent or Advent).
Parents requesting Baptism for their child must be registered, active and participating members of the parish. This means that the parents are presently registered in the parish, attend Sunday Mass regularly, and support and participate in the life of the parish through the sharing of their time, talent and treasure.
Expectant parents should call the office (630-851-1100) during the last three months of their pregnancy to begin the process of preparation for their child’s Baptism.
Parents and Good parents need to take a preparation class. Call the parish office to arrange a class.
Requirements to Baptize at
Our Lady of Good Counsel Church
1. What are the requirements to Baptize?
Civil birth certificate of the child
Proof of preparation classes
Catholic Church marriage certificate from Godparents
2. After the preparation classes what should I do?
Go to the parish office and file the necessary documents for the Baptism celebration.
3. What requirements are needed to be godparents?
Be older than 16 years
Being married in the Catholic Church or being single (No civil marriages or consensual unions)
Give Christian life testimony
4. Do the godparents have to be a couple?
It is not necessary. It may be the child's father's uncle and the mother’s grandmother as long as they can provide and meet the requirements for godparents.
5. Are two godparents needed for the baptism of the child?
No, although it is a good old custom, the church requires minimum one godparent.
If the child has more than seven years he/she will have to attend religious education classes before being baptized. Please call the parish at 630-851-1100
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.