Sacrament of Baptism
Congratulations on the planned baptism of your child! St. Ita Church is pleased to be the Church in which this first Sacrament will be celebrated.
Baptism is the first sacrament of christian initiation, typically administered at an early age by an ordained minister (priest or deacon). It commemorates the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan by John, the Baptist.
If you are a registered parishioner (you regularly get mail from us), please call Domitila Diaz for Baptisms in Spanish or Sister Mary Jeanne Hayes for Baptisms in English to schedule the baptism and complete the registration form.
If grandparents are registered parishioners, if previous children were baptized here, or if parents were married at St. Ita, we will consider scheduling the baptism here. However, families who live outside of St. Ita Parish boundaries should consider having their baby baptized at their neighborhood Church.
We require that parents, and, if possible, godparents, take a preparation class prior to the Baptism. Classes are regularly scheduled before Baptisms. The godparents may take a class at their own parish or bring a letter of recommendation if they are unable to attend the class here.
The Church requirements for godparents are:
A child must have one practicing Roman Catholic godparent in good standing with the Church. This Catholic godparent usually must be at least 16 years old and be mature enough to understand, accept and carry out the duties of a godparent.
The godparent must have received the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.
The godparent must be living an exemplary life consistent with faith and morals as taught by the Roman Catholic Church.
The godparent must be actively practicing the faith.
A non-Catholic, baptized Christian may be chosen as the second godparent.
Ordinarily, a child has one man and one woman as godparents.
Please note: You MUST register in advance in order to attend a baptismal class due to limited space. NO WALK-INS.
Classes will be held in the rectory at 1220 W. Catalpa or in Jubilee Hall.
There is limited parking in the lot on the north side of the Church building.
It is appropriate to make a donation to St. Ita Parish at the time of the preparation class or the Baptism. The suggested donations are:
- Parishioners $50.00
- Non-Parishioners $100.00
English Sister Mary Jeanne Hayes
Spanish Tila Diaz