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Sacrament of 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.

Baptism Schedule

  • Baptisms are celebrated once monthly from September to June on scheduled Sundays at 2:00pm.  We accept a maximum of 20 families per baptism celebration.

  • All parents who request a baptism for their child must submit a Request for Baptism form and must attend a pre-Baptism Preparation Meeting. These meetings are held monthly on scheduled Sundays at 12:30 pm. 

  • Upon receipt of your Baptism Request you will be contacted by our Pastoral Minister to ensure the parish has required information and to set a date for Baptism Preparation Meeting and a date for the celebration of the sacrament.              Please allow 1-2 weeks after submitting the request for this follow up.

  • Baptism date requests will be considerd but cannot be guaranteed. Specific date requests will be on a first come basis and will depend on availability. 

  • To access the schedule of Baptism Preparation Meetings and Celebrations click here.

Prior to submitting a Request for Baptism please ensure you fulfill the following requirements.

All Request for Baptism forms must be completed in full at time of submission.

Incomplete forms will not be considered until all required information is provided. 

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 a registered parishioner.  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. The parish boundaries are found here.

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

  • Please allow 1-2 weeks for 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.

 

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