Baptism is the first Sacrament of Initiation and leads to the others. Without baptism, the remaining sacraments are unattainable. To qualify to have your child baptized, at least one of the parents must be a baptized Catholic. Ideally, parents should be practicing Catholics, willing to attend Mass regularly with their child. In the eyes of our Church, parents are the first teachers of their children in the practice of the faith. Along with God, they are constant in the life of a child.
Requirements for Baptism:
The child’s birth certificate
Date and place of parents’ baptism(s)
A letter of suitability of the sponsor (attached)
Completed registration form signed by both parents (attached)
Attendance at a Baptism workshop (parents and sponsors)
Qualification and duties of Godparent/Sponsor
Must be a minimum of 16 years of age
Practicing Catholic who has been confirmed
Although one sponsor is sufficient, when there are two sponsors, one must be male and the other female.
The sponsor is responsible for assisting the parents in their duty as first teachers of the faith.
Baptism Celebration Dates
Baptism celebrations can take place at most weekend Masses (Saturdays at 7:00 pm and Sundays at 9:00 and 11:00 am) except on Easter weekend, Mother’s Day, First Eucharist Celebrations and during Lent.
Baptism dates will not be set or confirmed until all paperwork is completed and received by the office.
Remember to email or bring a copy of your child's birth certificate to the office.
If you have any questions contact Karen.Boston@rdcrs.ca
To register, you have 3 options:
- Come to the office to pick up a registration form and fill in in person (if both you and your spouse are present) OR take home and bring back at a later date.
- Call ahead and make an appointment Make sure to bring your child's birth certificate when coming for your appointment. If possible, try to come in with your spouse.
- Download and fill in the registration form below (make sure to have a witness present for signatures) and scan and email to Karen OR bring back to the office.
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