Baptism

Congratulations!

There’s a Baptism coming up!

We at St. Peter’s are very excited to assist you with this very important moment in your child’s spiritual life – please contact us to register, and please feel free to ask any questions that come up.

Infant Baptisms – Under age 7

School Age Baptisms are grouped as follows: Grades 2-5; Grades 6-9; High School

Adult Baptisms – Age 18 and over – Adults participate in our RCIA process

Infant Baptisms are arranged through the office. Please contact Judith by telephone at 403-286-5110 ext. 109, or by e-mail at FFC@st-peters.ca

Children under the age of seven are considered “infants” under Church law. Scroll down for information about Baptism for older children and adults at St. Peter’s.

A Baptism Preparation Seminar is required for parents who have not completed it within the past three years, up to the third child. Seminars are typically scheduled for the last Saturday of the month, from 9:30 am till 12:30 pm. Please see our schedule below.

There is no fee for Baptism.

Required Paperwork:

  • Your child’s birth certificate
  • Records of Catholic Baptism for at least one of the parents
  • Records of Confirmation in the Catholic Church for each of the God parents (sponsors)
  • Your completed Baptism Registration form (e-mailed to you upon request)
  • If your family is not yet registered with the parish, we ask you to complete a Parish Registration form, which we will e-mail to you upon request.
  • If you are coming to us from another parish, we require a letter of permission from the Pastor of the parish where you reside.

Please contact us early in the pregnancy.

2019 Baptism Preparation Dates

February 23rd May 25th June 15th
September 28th October 26th November 23rd

All sessions are from 9:30 am until 12:30 pm. Sessions take place on the lower level in Conference Room C. Access is from the lower side door – watch for the signs. There is no cost to attend a baptism preparation seminar, but you need to pre-register by calling the office. If at all possible, please arrange child care for the morning, as we have no activities arranged for the children to do.

Baptism ceremonies take place on a Sunday at 2 pm, approximately once a month other than during the summer or during Lent. Once you’ve completed your preparation seminar, you can contact the office to schedule your child’s baptism. Our volunteers ask that you have your family and guests arrive about 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony, so that they can assist you with the seating arrangements.

Baptism typically takes place in the month following your Baptism Preparation class to allow time to complete your paperwork and arrange for godparents and family members to be present for the ceremony.

The following are the scheduled Baptism dates at St. Peter’s. Please contact Judith at FFC@st-peters.ca with any questions about these dates.

Infant Baptism Dates

2019 Baptism Dates

February 24th May 12th June 23nd
September 29th October 27th November 24th

Please note that our volunteers will be away during July and August.

Our policy for “out of schedule” Baptisms has changed (again). Please contact Judith McRae in the Church Office for more information, if you require an “out of schedule” Baptism for your child.

 

School-Age Baptisms

Goals: At the end of this process, your child will be prepared to receive the Sacrament of Baptism with a full understanding of what they are undertaking, and they will be prepared to live as a young Catholic Christians.  Journals and all required materials will be supplied.

Class Time: Check-in begins 15 minutes prior to the start of the class. Classes will begin promptly on time. Instructional time is 90 minutes, including a short break half-way through, followed by the Rite up in the Church. Please allow 45 minutes for the Rite of Acceptance and the Rite of Penance. The Rite of Baptism will take just over an hour.

Required Paperwork

To be registered for Baptism for School Age Children, we will need:

  • A copy of at least one parent’s Baptism Record
  • The child’s Birth Certificate
  • The full name of your child’s Sponsor (also called the God parent)
  • The sponsor’s Catholic Confirmation Record
  • The completed Registration Form (will be e-mailed to you upon request)

Please ensure that all of this information is in Judith’s Office by no later than one week prior to the start of your classes, to allow us time to prepare the right number of books and other resources.

COURSE SCHEDULE – 

The program for Grades 6-9 is canceled due to a lack of enrollment.

Grades 6-9 Topic Rite
January 31st, 2019 Canceled
February 7th, 2019 Canceled
February 21st, 2019 Canceled

Thursdays, 6 pm to 8:30 pm

Grades 2-5 Topic Rite
May 9th, 2019 “Cleansed” (for love) Rite of Acceptance
May 16th, 2019 “Forgiven” (for hope) Rite of Penance
May 30th, 2019 “A Mission from God” (for faith) Rite of Baptism

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
At least one parent must accompany the child to each class. The sponsors must be present at least for the Rites, and are encouraged to accompany their Candidates to class, as well.

It is expected that all participants will arrive on time for all of the classes and participate in all of the scheduled Rites. Please note that check-in begins 15 minutes before class begins. Class time is 9:30 – 11:00 am. The Rites begin at 11:00 am and conclude when we’re finished.

Cell phones will be kept turned off during class time and while in the Church, unless needed for a class activity. Please keep all food and drink restricted to the snack area.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Judith McRae, Coordinator – 403-286-5110, ext. 109 – FFC@st-peters.ca

For High School Age Students

 Adult Baptism

If you are an adult (18+) seeking Sacraments of Initiation, including Baptism, First Holy Communion and/or Confirmation, please refer to our RCIA process.