|Since 1991, families and clergy have created and celebrated ceremonies to welcome and bless our children in a religious context with a Catholic Priest and Rabbi as Co-Presiders. These ceremonies are spiritual moments, created in the spirit of finding new pathways for interfaith families to share their traditions.
For some couples, their ceremony makes the statement about the religious identity of their child, either in one faith tradition or another, or sometimes both.
For others, it is an expression of thanks to God for new life and the wish to beseech God's blessing on their family. Our goal is to respond to each family and to help them discover a ritual that is authentic to their own vision of faith and life.
As the program has evolved over the past fifteen years, we have realized the importance of preparation, community and education, prior to the ceremony. To that end, we invite all families, those expecting a child or those with children to join us at the monthly couples meetings. We have discovered attendance at these meetings to be of great value to those contemplating Rites of Initiation (as well as the lovely likelihood of making a new friend!).
Ceremonies are scheduled throughout the year at St. Anne's in Barrington, Old St. Patrick's in Chicago and Lakeside Congregation in Highland Park
Should you decide to proceed with the scheduling of a ceremony date, please check the calendar below. Once you have chosen a ceremony date, you will be asked to attend a mandatory preparation meeting, usually scheduled three-four weeks prior to your ceremony.
At this time, you will have the opportunity to meet with your Site Coordinator, to ask questions regarding the practical aspects of the ceremony (e.g. where do I stand, what should the baby/child wear, etc) as well as the profound (what is the theology of Baptism and am I ready to proceed?) and to meet other families participating at the same time. Please know there is a maximum of four families at one time.
||There is a fee for this service. We ask a payment of $420, for which all expenses to clergy, etc. will be paid.
We are thrilled to welcome Sarah Collete Freshwater, born May 27, 2009. Congratulations to Amy, Jay and Rachel!
Please contact Amy Freshwater the Ceremony Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and scheduling.
“….We are still on an emotional high from reaching this point in our children’s religious lives; we thank you for everything you did along the way…” MK
“Thank you so much for all you did for our daughter; you were so helpful and accommodating throughout the entire process – we cannot thank you enough” SP
“I wasn't able to thoroughly thank you for everything last Saturday. I cannot tell you how thankful I am that you have made my daughter's baptism possible. The Hebrew naming was a bonus - but honestly it was the baptism that I was worried about the most. It means so much to me and my family that we were able to great her into the Church properly, and also with the blessing of my husband's family as well. I did not think it would ever be possible. It means just so much.” AL