Baptism

Baptisms for infants and children up to the age of seven are scheduled for the first Sunday of every month at 1:00 p.m. St. Gregory the Great Church does not schedule baptisms during the Season of Lent. 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, payable to St. Gregory the Great Church.

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 Sr. Regina De Vitto at 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 and ask for Sister Regina De Vitto 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 Sr. Regina De Vitto at 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, Sister Regina DeVitto, at the Parish Center.

Reconcilliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation or confession is offered on Saturday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:15 in church. If this time is inconvenient, you are also welcome to schedule celebrations of the sacrament with a priest at other times. Please call the Parish Center and ask to speak to one of the priests.

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.

Marriage

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.

In order to be married at St. Gregory the Great Church, one of the two parties needs to be either a registered parishioner, has a family member who is currently a registered parishioner of St. Gregory, who has some association with St. Gregory such as having been baptized here, went to school at St. Gregory the Great Grammar School or High School or who wants to register and be a participating parishioner of St. Gregory the Great Church.

Please take a moment to read our Marriage Guidelines if you are considering getting married at St. Gregory the Great Church.

Download:  Wedding Guidelines

Funerals

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. The suggested donation for a Catholic funeral is $450.00 . These amounts include the organist's and cantor's fees. However, we will not refuse anyone for the inability to pay.