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Baptism

Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission:

"Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word."

Baptism of your child ideally takes place within the first few months after birth, but can happen later.

We are delighted that you are seeking baptism for your child with our parish.

PRIOR TO SUBMITTING A REQUEST FOR BAPTISM PLEASE ENSURE YOU FULFILL THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS and COMPLETE ALL FORMS IN FULL

Baptism Requirements:

  • Parents seeking baptism must be registered with this parish, and practicing the faith within this parish.  Click here to register or call the parish office to verify you are registered if you are uncertain. If you were registered here as a child with your parents you must begin a new registration for yourself as an adult.

  • If you reside outside of the parish boundaries you are required to submit a Letter of Permission from the parish in which you reside. Contact the parish in which you reside for permission. 

  • One parent must be Baptized Roman (Latin) Catholic and must include their Record of Baptism with the request form.

  • All parents are required to attend a Baptism Preparation meeting prior to the Baptism.  

Baptism Request:

  • Submit the Request for Baptism form to the Pastoral Assistant, Arden Ouellette, aouellette@hamiltondiocese.com. Please use the fillable form (do not fill in by hand) to reduce errors. Complete all sections. 

  • Please allow the Pastoral Minister 1-2 weeks to follow up to submitted requests.  

 

God Parent Guidelines:

  • It is important to know the requirements of a godparent prior to choosing someone to fulfill this very importnat role.

  • A God Parent must be a Baptised, Confirmed and practicing Catholic, age 16 and up and cannot be a parent of the child to be baptized.

  • For information about the criteria for God Parents please read the requirement guidlines.

Baptism Schedule:

  • Baptisms are celebrated September to June on scheduled Sundays at 2:00pm.   We do not conduct baptisms over the summer months.  Upon receipt of your Baptism Request you will be contacted by our Pastoral Minister to discuss baptism preparation and baptism dates. Please allow 1-2 weeks for this follow up.

  • We will book baptisms on a first come basis and fill current dates before opening up future dates. 

  • We do not provide Baptism dates until all documentation is received in full and do not accommodate date requests due to the large number of requests we receive.

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