Infant/Child* Baptism at Immaculate Heart of Mary

(*Younger than 8 years old)

Congratulations on choosing to have your child baptized in the Catholic Church!   This is the best thing you can do for your child.  Typically, baptisms are held on Sundays after the 10:15 Mass.  We attempt to schedule one baptism at a time, which allows you to have a more personal experience.  To schedule and prepare for this Sacrament, you will need to:

  1. Be a parish member, or have a family connection to Immaculate Heart of Mary.  If you are new to the parish, you will need to complete a registration form.   Forms are available in the church at the information table, or on our web site (ihmcatholicparish.org) under “About Us” and then “Joining Us.”
  2. Contact Kathy Marshall, Parish Administrative Assistant at 608-221-1521, ext. 308 or by e-mail at kmarshall@ihmparish.org to select an available date/time.
  3. Fill out the questions on the page 3, which are necessary for the baptismal certificate.
  4. Schedule a preparation session with Father John prior to the date of the baptism.


There must be at least one Godparent.    One Godparent, male or female, is sufficient.    There may be two Godparents, one of each sex (recommended).   It is not allowed to have two Godparents of the same sex.  One Godparent must be a confirmed, practicing Catholic.

There can only be two “witnesses” for a baptism.  One can be a Godparent (Catholic) and the other a witness (non-Catholic), and they must be a male and a female.    One Godparent must be Catholic in good standing, meaning that this person is practicing his/her faith in the Catholic Church.

In the case of an emergency, a baptism may be done without a Godparent.

Stipend for Priest:

Suggested stipend/gift for priest is $10.00 or whatever you are able to give

Baptism of Older Children

Children who have reached the age of reason (we consider this to be 8 years old – the age children prepare to receive their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion) are old enough to understand the Sacrament of Baptism, and must attend one or more baptism preparation sessions, along with their parents/guardians, prior to being baptized.   Children of this age are able to speak on their behalf during the baptism rite, and need to be prepared so they understand what the Sacrament of Baptism is all about.

Children who are older than 8 years old (past First Communion age) will participate in the RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation of Children), as they will also prepare to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion.  This is a process that may take several months, and the Sacraments are typically received at the Easter Vigil, when new Catholics are officially welcomed into full participation in the Catholic Church.  For more information, contact Kathy Marshall at 608-221-1521, ext. 308, or kmarshall@ihmparish.org.

We highly encourage parents to have children baptized when they are infants.  We also strongly encourage parents to enroll their children in our Catholic School or Religious Education programs, where they will be taught the Catholic faith and prepare for the reception of the Sacraments following a timeline that is appropriate for their age level.

Baptism for Adults


Adults who have never been baptized and are desiring to receive the Sacraments of the Catholic Church must attend the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults).    Preparation sessions for adults begin with an inquiry session and interview.   RCIA sessions begin in the fall and continue through Palm Sunday, with the reception of the Sacraments at the Easter Vigil Mass.   For more information, contact Kathy Marshall at 608-221-1521, ext. 308, or kmarshall@ihmparish.org.

For infant/child baptism, parents/guardians will need to answer the following questions for the baptismal certificate HERE