Baptisms for infants and children up to the age of seven are scheduled for the first Saturday of every month at 10:30AM St. Gregory the Great Church. A mandatory baptismal class for parents and godparents is held every third Saturday every month at 10AM at St. Ita prior to baptisms. In order to schedule a baptism, one of the child's parents is asked to call the Parish Center (773) 561-3546. You will be asked to provide a copy of your child's birth certificate, the names of the child's godparents, and other information for our parish records. The suggested donation for a baptism is $50.00 for parishioners and $100.00 for those with no connection to the parish, payable to St. Gregory the Great Church. If you choose to make this donation please bring it to the baptismal class. There is no charge for sacraments of the Church - no parishioner will be turned away if they are unable to make a donation.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and Children
Unbaptized adults (and children over the age of seven) who seek membership in the Catholic Church are asked to join the RCIA., the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, or the RCIC, the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children. The catechumenate is a process that lasts from September until Holy Saturday and involves education and formation in the patterns of Christian living. Contact the Parish Center to register for RCIA or RCIC.
Any baptized non-Catholic adult who seeks membership in the Catholic Church is asked to call the Parish Center to register for the catechumenate.
Sacraments of Initiation
Also, any adult who was baptized a Catholic but who never received the sacraments of First Communion, First Confession and/or Confirmation, is asked to contact the Parish Center in order to arrange for these sacraments.
Any child over the age of seven who is lacking one or all of the initiation sacraments — Baptism, Confirmation and/or Eucharist — is asked to have his or her parent(s) call St. Gregory's Director of Religious Education at the Parish Center.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation or confession is offered on Saturday afternoons from 3:00PM to 4:30PM at St. Ita. If this time is inconvenient, you are also welcome to schedule celebrations of the sacrament with a priest at other times. Please call the St. Ita at (312)291-1502 to register for confession or if you would like to schedule a different date and time.
Communal celebrations of the Sacrament of Reconciliation are scheduled during Advent and Lent. Please watch the bulletin and this website for announcements of dates and times.
Couples seeking to be married in the Catholic Church are asked to contact one of the priests at the Parish Center at least six months before their desired date of marriage. Please do not make any reservations for the reception until you have secured a wedding date from the church.
Preparations for marriage include meeting with a priest to complete the canonical forms for our marriage registry, to plan the wedding liturgy, to attend one of several marriage preparation programs offered by the Archdiocese of Chicago, to meet with our parish music director, Mr. Patrick Godon, and to arrange for a wedding rehearsal time.
A Catholic wedding is part of the ritual life of the Church wherein a couple pledges to enter into a covenant with each other and with God. This covenant is like God's covenant with the Church; that is, it is faithful, fruitful, and for life. Catholic marriage therefore possesses a dignity that distinguishes it from civil marriages celebrated at City Hall.
Active Parishioners (more than 6 months) $600.00
A $250.00 non-refundable deposit is due on the date of scheduling, the deposit will be subtracted from the total amount due.
Musician Fees: $350.00
This fee includes the parish keyboard player and cantor, plus one consultation to plan the ceremony. Additional singers/instrumentalists, music rehearsals, consultations and set up coordination of musicians are available at an additional expense. These must be coordinated through the parish music director.
Wedding Coordinator: $150
Please take a moment to read our Marriage Guidelines if you are considering getting married at St. Gregory the Great Church.
The Order of Christian Funerals has three steps or "stations:" the vigil or wake service (usually celebrated at the funeral home), the funeral Mass at church, and the rite of committal at the cemetery. During these liturgies, we remember the deceased Christian, commit him or her to the mercy of God, and express our sympathy and support to the family and friends of the deceased.
Arrangements for Catholic funerals are usually made through the services of a funeral home or funeral director, who contacts the parish to schedule the time of the funeral Mass. If the family has any special requests for the funeral — scripture readings, hymns, requests for a family member or friend to deliver a eulogy, etc. — these requests should be made of the priest celebrating the Mass, or should be forwarded through the funeral home director.
Active Parishioners (more than 6 months) $250.00
Musician Fees: $250
Parish music director only; additional singers, instrumentalists, are available at an additional expense. This fee includes the parish keyboard player, plus one consultation to plan the ceremony.