Baptism

Baptism is the Sacrament through which a person becomes a Christian. In the Roman Catholic Church, children are usually baptized as infants. In such instances, parents and godparents are to participate in a baptism preparation class to learn how to live their responsibility in helping the child grow in the faith.

Older children (7+) and adults who have not been baptized as infants can also receive the sacrament. Parents of older children should contact Marilena Berardinelli– Director of Family Ministry for details:

Adults who wish to be baptized are invited to participate in our R.C.I.A. program (Rite of Christian Initiation).  

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 child in the Catholic faith. 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?

Next classes offered:

Saturday October 20, 2018

Saturday January 19, 2019

Saturday April 6, 2019

Classes are from 10:00am to 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.

Q: What is the cost for class?

There is a $80.00 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: Who can enrol?

Any parent or godparent who is preparing their child for baptism- regardless of the church or country where the child is being baptized – can enrol in the course.

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 confirmed upon completion of our baptism preparation class.

For all inquires regarding booking a baptism at St. Basil’s, please contact our Office Manager: Margaret D’Elia.

To enrol in our baptism preparation course, you can contact the parish office or 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