Baptism

Baptism is the Sacrament through which a person becomes a Christian. In the Roman Catholic Church, children are usually baptised within a few months after they are born. Older children and adults, who are not baptised, will need to have some instruction in the faith before they can be baptised into the Catholic Church. For older children, this is called the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (R.C.I.C) and for adults, it is called the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A). If you are seeking baptism for an older child, or if you are seeking to be baptised yourself, please contact the Parish Office and arrange a meeting with one of the priests or the Pastoral Associate to discuss what you need to do.

Baptism of Infants

If you would like to have your baby baptised at St. Basil’s, at least one parent must be Roman Catholic, and must be a registered parishioner of St. Basil’s Church six months before to the baptism. Up to two godparents may be selected, both of whom must be Christian, and one of whom must be a confirmed Roman Catholic.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I get started for baptizing my child?

A: Please ensure that you are a registered parishioner or live within our parish boundaries before contacting our office to arrange a baptism. You must contact Emily, the Liturgical & Sacramental Coordinator, either by phone or in person in order to enroll in our baptismal preparation class where you will be invited to complete a registration form before a date can be set for the baptism. Emily may be reached at 416-926-7110 x3210 or liturgy@stbasiltoronto.org.

Please note that our parish’s baptismal preparation classes have ended for the 2016 calendar year. We will resume in January with the following 2017 schedule:

January 28, 2017

February 25, 2017

April 1, 2017

May 6, 2017

August 26, 2017

September 30, 2017

October 28, 2017

November 25, 2017

Q: What is the baptismal preparation class, when does it take place, and how do I enrol?

A: The class offers an overview of our threefold baptismal call and explores the role and responsibilities of parents and Godparents in raising a Catholic child. We also walk through the parts of the baptismal rite and explain the theology of the rite’s language and symbolism. Our class typically occurs on the last Saturday of every month from 9:45am-12:00pm, with a 15-minute refreshment break. We begin promptly at 9:45am for sign-in, payment, and refreshments. Please see the above schedule for a list of 2017 classes.

The class usually runs on the last Saturday of every month unless stated otherwise. At the time of registration, Emily will inform you if there are enough registrants to run the class.

There is a $75.00 registration fee for this class (which can be made payable on the day of the class in either cash or cheque made out to “St. Basil’s Parish”).

This class is a wonderful way to meet other families in the parish and is excellent preparation for Godparents as well.

If you are interested in enrolling in the class, please contact Emily at the above listed email address or phone number.

Q: Do both parents need to attend the baptismal preparation class?

A: Yes! It is strongly encouraged that both parents- including the Godparents- attend the preparation class if they have already be chosen and are available to do so. You are more than welcome to bring children and infants to our class.

Q: If I have taken the baptismal preparation class before at St. Basil’s or another parish, do I need to take it again?

A: If you have attended a class in any Catholic parish within the last TWO years, you will not have to attend our class. Please have your certificate of completion available. However, Godparents are more than welcome to attend our preparation class if they are unable to do so at their home parish.

Q: What are the requirements for selecting a Godparent?

A: The Church requires there to be one Godparent. If you choose two, one must be male and the other female. One must be at least 16 years of age and a fully initiated Roman Catholic (having received the Sacraments of Baptism, Holy Communion, and Confirmation). The Godparent should be a practicing Catholic who strives to live in accordance with the teachings of Christ and the Church to the best of their abilities.

Q: What documentation will I be asked to provide as a Catholic Godparent? 

A: To verify that you are a fully initiated Roman Catholic, we will have to see a copy of your Confirmation certificate. If this is proving difficult to find, or you’ve misplaced the original, please contact Emily to learn what other documentation will suffice.

Q: When are baptisms offered?

A: We prefer that baptisms occur during regularly scheduled weekend Masses (Saturday 5:00pm; Sunday 9:00am, 10:30am, 12:00pm, or 4:30pm). The date of the baptism is chosen and officially booked upon completion of the registration form given to you during our baptismal preparation class.

Melissa May

“Now that I have become a parent, it became important to me to have my baby baptized. The preparation class helped me understand my responsibilities in guiding and teaching my child as a Roman Catholic.

St. Basil’s has been my parish for over 7 years, I’m happy to have the St. Basil’s community in my child’s life.”

Melissa MayRecently Baptised her daughter
Mark, Richelle & Aliyah Serrano

“We have been a part of St. Basil’s church for over a year now, and we have decided to baptize our daughter Aliyah there. Not only is it a beautiful church, but the staff and parishioners are very friendly.

The baptism prep class provided us with information of what to expect, and gave us an opportunity to meet other parents planning a baptism. It was nice to share our thoughts with each other.”

Mark, Richelle & Aliyah SerranoParishioners