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: What is a baptismal preparation class?  

A: A baptismal preparation class offers an overview of our threefold baptismal call as priest, prophet and king 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.

Q: When and where does the class take place?

A: Our class typically occurs on the last Saturday of every month from 10:00am-12:00pm, in the Gabriel Room (located adjacent to the large Parish Hall). We invite you to arrive at 9:45am for sign-in, payment, and refreshments.

The next Baptismal Preparation Class is: Saturday April 28, 2018

Q: What is the cost for 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”).

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

A: Yes, both parents must attend the class. 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 at St. Basil’s after 2014 you will not have to attend again. However, if you have not attended a class at St. Basil’s than your participation is required.

Q: When are baptisms offered?

A: At St. Basil’s 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 only officially booked upon completion of the registration form given to you during our baptismal preparation class.

For more information, please contact the Director of Family Ministries- Jessica De Luca.

If you are interested in enrolling in the class, please complete the form below:


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