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Schedule an appointment with a priest as soon as possible before making other marriage plans. A minimum of 9 months is necessary for marriage preparation. Contact the Parish Office (847) 223-4731.

For information about PreCana (marriage preparation) times or locations, or to register for sessions, please visit the Archdiocese Website OR contact the PreCana office at (312) 534-8351 OR send an email to

Saint Gilbert Wedding Guidelines


Saint Gilbert Catholic Church and our faith community share in your joy as you bring forth your child for the Sacrament of Baptism. Parishioners with a child(ren) to be baptized are asked to attend a one-hour Baptismal Preparation Session. These Sessions support parents as they prepare for the Sacrament of Baptism and are currently held in a virtual online meeting room. A Baptism date is selected and confirmed upon completion of the Baptismal Preparation Session. Parents are encouraged to attend before your child is born. Please contact the Rectory at (847) 223-4731, or fill out the online Contact Form, to schedule a Baptismal Preparation Session or inquire about Baptism Preparation at Saint Gilbert. 

Baptisms are scheduled in the main church at the following times:

Saturday, 5:00PM OR Sunday, 11:00AM at a Mass

Sunday, 1:00PM at a Group Service


Children in Second Grade together with their parents or guardians prepare to celebrate this Sacrament. During the year, among other things, the children study the meaning of the Mass focusing especially on the mystery of receiving the bread and wine. Parents attend two meetings and participate in a half-day Saturday retreat with their child (Jesus Day) in preparation for receiving this Sacrament.


For more information about the Sacrament of the Eucharist, please contact the Religious Education Office at (847) 223-3071 or visit our

Religious Education Program Page.


All High School Sophomores (and older) eligible for the Sacrament of Confirmation should have received a letter and registration in the mail regarding the Confirmation Program. Students attending a public school must fulfill their credits through the Religious Education Program before enrolling in the Confirmation Program. Students who attend Carmel Catholic High School and did not receive a letter, or if you are new to the parish and would like more information on the Sacrament of Confirmation, please contact:

Confirmation Coordinator:

Kathleen Karrigan

Phone: (847) 223-5875


Visit our High School Confirmation Page for forms, upcoming sessions, service projects, and rehearsal and ceremony dates.


For men and women, 19 years old and above, program sessions are offered at various sites. After completion of session requirements there will be an adult Confirmation celebration.

Adult Confirmation Preparation



  • Has expressed an interest in becoming Catholic?

  • Was baptized Catholic as a child, but has not celebrated the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist?

  • Was baptized in a Christian faith and has questions about the Catholic faith?

  • Is looking for a deeper relationship with Jesus but does not know how to start?

OCIA - Order of Christian Initiation of Adults

We offer an opportunity to come together in a small group to learn more about our faith. Sessions focus on the teachings and experience of Church and prepare individuals to celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist during the Easter season. You are welcome to participate in the process with your questions, your insights and your faith story in a warm accepting setting.


Interested?  Call the St. Gilbert rectory office at (847) 223-4731 or email

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