Baptism

The Sacrament of Baptism is often called “the door of the Church,” because it is the first of the seven sacraments not only in time (since most Catholics receive it as infants) but in priority, since the reception of the other sacraments depends on it.

Once baptized, a person becomes a member of the Church – and not just in this parish, but of the whole Catholic church worldwide.

Baptism Preparation:  Baptism Preparation class will be done virtually. Please contact Jon and Mykaela Van Soest for instructions: jonandmykaela@live.ca

Parents requesting Baptism must contact the Parish office by calling 780-632-3272 during office hours. Parents must bring the child’s Birth Certificate to the office so we can photocopy and record it, and please also complete, print and bring in (or email to: stmartintours.vegreville@caedm.ca) this Baptism Registration Form.

Before Baptism can take place, parents must complete the Baptismal Preparation Class. Baptism Preparation classes are being done virtually. Please contact Jon and Mykaela Van Soest at jonandmykaela@live.ca  Godparents are encouraged to take part in the Baptism Preparation class as well. Parents can take the classes before the child is born.

Baptism Celebrations during COVID Pandemic:

The Baptism of Children may be celebrated outside of Mass, with either one family present or, if acceptable to all parties, a few families together. The principle of physical distancing must be maintained. An abbreviated Liturgy of the Word and brief homily may be given. The use of cotton balls when anointing with oil is recommended. Fresh water is to be blessed and used for each baptism, and should be poured into a separate vessel that is placed in the baptismal font. The Ephphetha Rite can be omitted during the early phases of relaunch.
With the movements involved in the celebration of Baptism, the Archdiocese has decided that the maximum number allowed for baptisms should follow the provincial guideline for indoor social gatherings. Therefore, the total maximum attendance allowed for the congregation including clergy and anyone else involved in the celebration is no more than 50, or fewer if required for proper

Baptism celebrations are scheduled in consultation with the office and Rev. Father Robert Lee.

Please Note for all Sacramental Classes: All registrations for all sacraments must be complete and in the office, prior to the beginning of classes. To register for Sacramental Classes please come in to the office in person or call the parish office at 780-632-3272.