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Parish testimonials
Q1. Can the Parish Hall be rented for groups of 10 or less?

The positive answer depends on your readiness to receive such groups granting them the safety and ensuring the safety for your team and parishioners who can have access to the hall. Thus, for example, you have:

  • to ensure, before and after the meeting, the cleaning and disinfection of the hall, the access to the hall as well as to the washrooms: surfaces, furniture and all material that can be used during the meeting;
  • to clearly indicate the 2 meter distances from the hall entrance to the main entrance and to the parking (if it is to be used);
  • to have the guarantee that the number of participants fits with the dimensions of the space that can be occupied in the hall (9 feet square per person).

 

Q2. Can we do outdoor Mass? If yes, how many could attend?

You can offer an outdoor Mass if you can ensure the safety for the participants which covers the disinfection and the distancing, even if you are in an open area. Thus, you have at least:

  • to clearly indicate the 2 meter distances between people seated or standing;
  • to clearly indicate the displacement on the site to avoid the proximity;
  • to make mask wearing, mandatory;
  • to avoid choral singing loudly and no paper documents to be shared among the participants;
  • to ensure that the chalice, ciboria, paten and all container, as well as the linen, are washed thoroughly with soap and water;
  • to ensure the availability of hand sanitizer;
  • to follow the diocesan protocols for the Mass celebration, especially the communion.

 

Q3. Protocols and guidelines concerning the different parochial and pastoral activities:

You will find detailed answers for these questions in the different documents and protocols prepared for you by the diocese. They can find them on the diocese website, the deconfinement page. Through the webinar, you will be informed about the steps and phases that you will have to go through to regain control of the pastoral and parochial services. For some activities, the recommendations that you will find, are mandatory to grant a safe reopening and restart and some are suggestions where the choice is left to you and to your team; you will be able to make your decision based on the context of your parish and your knowledge about the expectations and the characteristics of your parishioners, your team and your volunteers.
You will also receive check-lists for the reopening of your cult place and for the organising of the different pastoral and parochial activities: masses, funerals, marriages, baptism, catechesis, etc. As quick as you can get ready you will be able to evolve progressively from the first to the fourth phase of the process.

Q4. How do we invite back parishioners to our church after they have worshipped online with other parishes?

With your local deconfinemnt committee you will try to find out the best way to contact your parishioners, based on your standard contacts with them. Of course, the postal way is not the best way! Maybe the best way would by phone or emails as you must have such information in your register and the parishioners can contact their friends, neighbours, etc. And, a recommendation that can be highly important to address: Prepare yourself to offer services online; it’s essential even vital for your parish!

Q5. How will catechetical lessons take place for children in our faith formation program?

The details of the deconfinement are presented in the diocesan protocols, including the provisions concerning the faith Education. At the time being, there is no decision that has been taken concerning, the 1st communion and the confirmation. As these services will not be applied at the 1st and the 2nd phase as soon as a decision will be taken you will be informed through the diocese's channel

Q6. When the faithful can attend Mass again, will they be required to wear masks?

Even if the government and the public health authorities didn't make it mandatory to wear the masks in the public settings (Parish/Mission/Oratory/etc.).

Why using the masks: as the virus is still circulating and we still don't have access neither to an effective tratment nor to a vaccine, the diocese of Montreal, on one hand, will not be pleased if the reopening of churches is associated to a new eclosion. Prevention is better than cure. On the other hand, the diocese will follow the government's recommendation on this matter making the fact of wearing masks a basic requirement. From the diocese's viewpoint, wearing a mask in the assembly and the global meetings is a sign of Christian Charity: it is by an act of mercy and charity to the neighbour, seeking to avoid him/her an eventual contamination if I am an asymptomatic carrier of the virus or I am ill but not already diagnosed. In this sense and to prevent any risk, a simple instruction consists to consider wearing a mask is mandatory to avoid any potential risk and prevent having a variety of standards.

Source and type of masks: The parishioners are required to bring their own masks; reusable ones are to be recommended. We can suggest that you have an agreement with parishioners volunteers who are able to create cloth masks at a good price. 

Q7. What about our seniors?

It will be well appreicated if your committee can hold a simple survey about the senior's expectations; you will be able and try to satisfy them the best way you can. Senior's communion: The diocese makes it available for you, different protocols and guidleines covering the different liturgical and sacramental services. There will be no discrimination regarding their presence in the church and will have access; they will receive the Host according to the methof that will be adopted by your local committee: in the hand more likely.

There are no restrictions concerning the age of priests, volunteers and faithful. As long as they are not presenting symptoms related to the COVID-19 and are able to participate or to celebrate, they are very welcomed.

Q8. If Phase 3 will include masses, will there be a diocesan registration system to attend?

No there won't be any diocesan registration. It will be up to your local committee to choose the process to be applied in order to organise the participation of faithfuls to Masses. The "Guide" offers you a few suggestions that you will have to adapt to your context, environment, human-material and financial resources as well as your parishioners customs and expectations. Thus, it seems obvious that a data collection via a survey will be required in order to organise and offer adequate and well appreciated services.

Q9. Do we have to clean the church if we are not having daily masses?

it is mandatory to clean the church and every meeting room and that before and after each event and activity (pews, ramps, doors, etc.); thus, you will have to figure out the delays between the different activites; consider using the social medias for offering Masses and holding different kind of meetings, courses, etc.

Q10. For the reopening of the Eucharistic Celebration, at what point will the Holy Communion be distributed?

The protocols and guidelines offer you different options. There is also a Poster designed by the diocese's services describing the communion process. Nevertheless, you will have to choose the method that fits with your context, environment, etc. and that respects the principles for preventing contamination by the social distancing, hands disinfection, wearing masks, etc.

The quire and singing in the Masses: The same conditions used for administering the communion to the general assembly will apply to the "Hymn animator and quire director". What is important to be noted, is that the protocols adopted by the diocese and the deconfinment committee suggest that there will be neither large quire, nor loud singing during this period. There can be one animator, a soloist and one organ (or any other music instrument). Their presence will require specific preparations: micro specific to each individual distanced 2 meters from each other and from the Assembly. it is recommended the animator and soloist use, while singing, a protective visor instead of the mask.

Priest brings communion to the assembly: if this way fits the priest, the ministers and the assembly why not? it is up to your committee to design the way that fits your context and resources while granting safety to everybody in the church.

Communion after blessing: this is a good way that can be adopted by your committee if it fits with your context. The priest will say his words, the faithful will answer "Amen" and none of them will need to say anything while giving/receiving the host.

Q11. What measures should be applied in our chapel of adoration, open daily?

The main conditions for the reopening of the churches quill apply which means that you have to be sure to disinfect the premises (in and out), have all the posters and information at the entrance, having placed the indicators for the distancing and for the way that must be followed by anyone entering the chapel. Most importantly you should have a volunteer at any time present in the Chapel to supervise the people who will come to visit and meditate to ensure that the instructions for such a visit are applied and that the chapel will not need to be globally disinfected daily or more because of incidents that may contaminate the environment, the furniture, etc.

Q12. Can we do outdoor Mass? If yes, how many could attend?

You will be able to offer outdoor Masses whenever you are ready to grant the safe and secure environment for all participants whatever their number is: distancing, fixed sitting places, directions to be seated, instructions for the presence and movement on the site. On the other hand, your will have to ensure that the volunteers are well prepared to help implement all the instructions and that, during the Mass per se, the instructions are to be applied easily (particularly for the communion). The number will depend on your capacity to place chairs allowing the 2 meters distances between the participants.

Q13. Is there any financial aid to help pay for supplies needed?

In fact, each organisation will try to finance by itself its needs in material to implement the means required for the deconfinement !

Q14. Do we need to keep track of who is attending when and how in case of transmission cases that might arise?

It is a good idea. It is up to your committee to choose the strategies and methods that will help him organise the reopening of the church. The restarting of the pastoral services requires that the principles related to the safety of all members of the parish to be applied while taking into consideration the proper context, environment and resources of your organisation.

Q15. Is this preparation for all the dioceses in Quebec, or only Montreal?

The webinars, documents and accompanying committee are designated to serve the Diocese of Montreal. Nevertheless, the main protocols are harmonized with the guidelines of the Assembly of Quebec  Catholic Bishops and respects the government's recommendations.

Q16. Once the doors are open, can we have baptism and marriages? How soon can we open our parish offices to the public?

Even if the government have announced the opening of cult settings on the 22nd of June, it is mandatory for the Diocese of Montreal, that you take the time to get ready based on the guidelines and the etiquette that must be respected to ensure the safety to anyone having access to the cult setting and its premises for whatever reason: working, volunteering, receiving pastoral and sacramental services, etc. Thus, you will be able to open your church, your offices, etc. and able to start offering the different services when  you fulfil your engagement through the first check-list and the global check-list have been completed respectively and accepted by the Archdiocese.  The same guidelines apply for faith formation activities as those for celebrations. Sanitary measures have to be in place, well known by volunteers involved, by participants and by parents. Guidelines will be given to parishes for First Communion and Confirmation in later times.

Q17. What is a parish respondent?

It is a good idea to have such profile in your committee as members or consultants. The parish respondent is member of your committee who will be the liaison between your local committee and the diocesan committee: ask question, send documents, fill the engagement documents and check-lists, etc.. It is intended to organise the collaboration on a clear basis.

Q18. My question concerns committee members and volunteers : when and where will they receive the formation?

It is up to your committee to dress a profile of the needs and services that can be made available according to the real context of your parish. To do so, you will need to realise a quick survey in order to identify your needs in volunteers, materials, resources, etc. That was suggested by the diocesan committee. Then, you will have to offer adequate training to the volunteers; general themes to be addressed are mentioned in the guide and in the check-list. This information is intended to help you plan adequately your services. Of course, your will also to inform and educate the parishioners before opening the church and planning your services; this information will include the conditions that will prevent them from coming to the church. Finally, the masses in CHSLD benefited from the global organising of the institution on the safe environment to live in community.

Q19: I would encourage the Diocese to take a serious look at reducing or eliminating the Diocesan contribution for the year of 2020.

We are doing much to help parishes by supporting them with their development and online giving tools, etc, in order to reduce the financial impact of revenue loss. I refer you to our webinar and survey that we have asked all parishes to complete. You can find them here: www.servicesfabriques.org

Q20: What is the protocol to kindly find a way where everyone is respected? Do we kindly refuse access to anyone?

First of all, you must try to check if the cough was accidental or if it is recurrent in which case, you must find out if the person present some other symptoms (fever, fatigue, etc.). If you have taken your time and the specific means to inform and educate your parishioners about, among others, the reasons that might prevent them from being present in an assembly and you have mentioned clearly the principles that are the basis of such decision and you still have such a situation, then the problem is about the "management of a crisis ».

Q21. Can grieving family be allowed to say a few words at funerals?:

When you will be allowed to have funerals in the church and that you have adopted the etiquette to be applied, it will be a matter of planning the moved of the persons who would like to say a few words of farewell to their beloved.

Q22. What about Ventilation and air conditioning?

Obviously, parishes that have an air conditioner must require disinfection ie basic cleaning. However, the INSPQ mentions on its website that: "from a theoretical point of view, the risk of dispersion of SARS-CoV-2 in the form of droplets or aerosols through a ventilation system cannot be completely ruled out (NASEM, 2020a; Dietz, 2020), although, according to Ezratty and Squinazi (2008), this risk is unlikely "; and in response to the question: "What are the risks of contracting COVID-19 through ventilation systems?" reports that "airborne transmission therefore seems possible, but it does not seem to be associated with a significant proportion of cases, and its importance in the current pandemic remains difficult to assess "(CCNSE, 2020). Is it necessary to apply special measures for the maintenance of ventilation systems during a pandemic? "Several organizations recommend, however, verifying the proper functioning of the system and to adequately ventilate all occupied interior spaces (HCSP, 2020; CCNSE, 2020; ASHRAE, 2020d). In addition, it is generally recommended to:
ensure that the ventilation registers are not obstructed by objects or by excessive accumulation of dust;
check the proper functioning of the motors and flaps of the mechanical system;
ensure the cleanliness of the filters in place ". Finally, the INSPQ informs that" in the light of the information available, it seems plausible that pedestal fans, like other similar devices, could contribute to the dispersion of droplets containing SARS-CoV-2 in the presence of infected persons, whether or not they are symptomatic. The pedestal fan should therefore be used with care. "(https://www.inspq.qc.ca/publications/2992-environnement-interieur-qr-covid19#parametres)

 

Where to find the tools (documentation) on diocesan deconfinement?

You will find the documentation on the diocesan deconfinement on the page: Pastoral personnel under the tab - Deconfinement COVID-19

Testimonials of Catholic Families
  • Articles
     
  • Videos Testimonials

    • Testimonial of faith in times of pandemic - Irène Tchokokam Family - June 2020. View video (In french)

    • Testimonial of faith in times of pandemic - Paloucci Family - June 2020. View video

    • Testimonial of faith in times of pandemic - Lirazan Marnie, Paul et Hendrix Family - June 2020. View video

    • Testimonial of faith in times of pandemic - Marc Beauchamp. June 2020. View video (In french)

    • Testimonial of faith in times of pandemic - Patricia and Karim, June 2020. View video

    • Testimony of Faith in Times of Pandemic - Tran Family, June 2020. View video (In french)

    • Testimony of Faith in Times of Pandemic - Corsi Family, June 2020. View video

    • Testimony of Faith in Times of Pandemic - Rodriguez Family. June 2020 View video

    • Testimonial of faith in times of pandemic - Chaaya Family – École Augustin Roscelli, June 2020. View vidie (In french)

    • Testimonial of faith in times of pandemic - Naccache Family - École Augustin Roscelli, June 2020. View video (In french)

Resources
Experience this time of reflection through television!
  • It is now possible to watch Sunday Mass on RADIO-CANADA television under the title: "The Day of the Lord", on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. (In French only)
     
  • It is now available to watch the Salt and Light Media television channel via Bell and Videotron (Illico and Hélix).
    For more information: https://saltandlighttv.org/mass/

Stay connected!
  • Live Sunday Mass celebrated by the Archbishop of Montreal, Most Reverend Christian Lépine, at 8:30 a.m., on Sel et Lumière television (in French only) and on the Salt and Light Media web site, then, starting at 9:30 a.m. https://saltandlighttv.org/mass/ (In English)
     
  • Weekday Masses on the Internet from Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral in Montreal (In French Only). From Monday to Sunday, the 8:30 a.m. mass is available here live. It is then rebroadcast all day from 9:30 am.
Read the liturgical texts and pray the word of God through technology!
  • New Prayer to St. Joseph - St. Joseph, we trust in your protection: Download
  • Here is the "Family Prayer in Every Home" booklet  by Most Reverend Christian Lépine: Download
  • Novalis offers, for the next few weeks, a free access to all the contents of Prions en Église. Click on this link for more information: http://www.prionseneglise.ca/ (In French only)
  • Also, here is if you wish to download the "Pray as you GO" application: https://pray-as-you-go.org/
Stay informed by listening to the Radio!

In order to respond to a need, Radio VM will broadcast the Eucharistic celebration throughout this pandemic, from Monday to Friday at 8:30 a.m. and again at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 11:00 a.m. from Saint Joseph's Oratory.  The Rosary is broadcast daily on the entire Radio VM network, Monday to Friday: 6:35 p.m.
 
For more information, click on this link: https://www.radiovm.com/

Diocesan directives

Here is the Memorandum containing the latest updates to the “Diocesan Directives”

Memorandum - Diocesan directives - Update

20-03-2020
 

Memorandum - Diocesan directives - Update

18-03-2020
 
 

 

Press releases

22-06-2020
Mary Queen of the World Cathedral reopens its doors, holds feast day celebration for St. John the Baptist, patron saint of French Canadians
Here is the Mass schedule at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral, as well as details on the diocesan St. John The Baptist feast day mass.

17-06-2020
Gradual reopening of churches: The Catholic Church in Montreal looks confidently toward the future
Archbishop Christian Lépine of Montreal would like to thank both the pastoral team members and volunteers of the Catholic Church in Montreal for giving their best these past few months without counting the cost, as well as the government leaders and public-health officials for recognizing that care of the soul is as essential for every human person as is care of the body.

22-05-2020
Mass to celebrate the dignity of human life - May 14, 2020
Archbishop  Christian  Lépine  of  Montreal  will preside  overa special Mass on Thursday, May 14, 8 a.m.,to celebratethe dignityoflife, the family, the most vulnerable among us,their loved ones and their caregivers.

21-04-2020
A special Mass In time of pandemic - Wednesday, April 22
Following the recent decree from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Archbishop Christian Lépine will preside at a special Mass tomorrow, entitled “In Time of Pandemic”...

09-04-2020
Catholic Church of Montreal issues a Holy Week message of Hope
Keenly aware that during this time of physical distancing and self-isolation, many might be feeling disconnected and on edge, the Catholic Church of Montreal has decided to send a message of solidarity and Christian hope to an anxious and fatigued province...

01-04-2020
Special mass for youth: Palm Sunday April 4 via YouTube
Archbishop Christian Lépine of Montreal and Auxiliary Bishop Marc Pelchat of Québec wish to send a message of hope to as many people as possible during the fight against this pandemic and haveasked Catholic churches in their dioceses to ring their bells for 10 minutes, starting at 12 noon, beginning Sunday, March 29 through every Sunday until Easter.

27-03-2020
COVID-19: Crescendo of the Bells
Archbishop Christian Lépine of Montreal and Auxiliary Bishop Marc Pelchat of Québec wish to send a message of hope to as many people as possible during the fight against this pandemic and haveasked Catholic churches in their dioceses to ring their bells for 10 minutes, starting at 12 noon, beginning Sunday, March 29 through every Sunday until Easter...

12-03-2020
Press release from AECQ : measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19
The Premier of Quebec announced today several preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19. Meeting in plenary assembly, the Catholic bishops of Quebec want to contribute to this common public-health effort and to act in solidarity with the civil authorities.

 

1. What is baptism?

For many centuries, Baptism has been administered to small children, often newborns, because this sacrament does not depend on individual merit but is a blessing and a free gift from God. When these little children are baptized in the faith of the Church, they are not expected to have a full and perfect faith; their budding faith is called to grow within the warmth of the Christian community.

As with all abilities a child develops, his/her faith is encouraged to flourish and to be strengthened after baptism through faith enrichment, catechism and the practice of the Christian life. As parents, you are called to play a very important role in this growth.

For the Jewish community of Jesus’ day, baptism by immersion (in water) was the sign of a desire for conversion (returning to God with an upright life). Jesus had no need to do so, nevertheless He accepted to be baptized by John the Baptist, his cousin. Also, at the very end of his life, Jesus told his Apostles to go and teach all nations and to baptize all those who desired it in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28) – this distinguishes Christian baptism from baptism as practised within the Jewish tradition. From its very beginning, the Catholic Church has respected Jesus’ command. Therefore on the day of his or her baptism, your child becomes an adopted child of God; that is, a brother or sister of Jesus Christ, because both have the same heavenly Father.

2. Why should I baptize my child as a newborn?

By baptizing newborn children, the Church clearly expresses the love of God, which is given freely to each member of humanity, especially the smallest ones, to whom He offers the gift of his divine life. During the years following a child’s baptism, the Church invites parents to help their child to grasp the sublime meaning and the infinite wealth of grace of this first sacrament, a gateway to all others.

3. Do parents need to be baptized in order to have their child baptized?

No, because it is the child that will receive Baptism, not the parents. However, non-baptized parents who ask for their children to be baptized commit themselves, along with the support of the godparents, to help the child to discover the Catholic Christian faith.

4. If we are not married in the Catholic Church, can we have our child baptized?

Yes, Baptism is a free gift that God gives to the child. Later, the parents might – or might not – decide to receive the sacrament of Holy Matrimony; to be married would be an infinite source of blessings for the couple and their family.

5. If one parent is a non-believer or is of a different religion, can we still have our child baptized?

Having a different religious belief does not prohibit a parent from requesting Baptism for their child; in fact, a prerequisite in permitting a Catholic to marry a non-Catholic is the condition that children born of their union be baptized and raised in the Catholic faith.

6. Can parents who are divorced and remarried have their child baptized?

Yes, as long as one of the spouses makes the request and supports the requirement of educating the child in the faith and the Christian life. The Church has always affirmed the right of every person, especially every child, to ask for and to receive Baptism.

7. Can we have our child baptized if we have no intention of giving our child a Christian education?

Parents who do not intend to educate their child in the Catholic faith after receiving Baptism should consider postponing it. Certainly, the Church accepts to baptize little children – who have not made this choice on their own – but it does so with the explicit agreement of the parents for whom this choice implies educating their child in the Catholic Christian faith.

8. Can we baptize our child if we have not baptized our older child?

Yes.  For one reason or another, parents may not have had their older child baptized. The Church recognizes, a priori, that there are reasonable explanations for these situations.  That being said, parents need to know that baptism is prepared for and lived out in the family. After looking at your particular situation, the parish team will recommend an appropriate path to follow in preparation for the sacrament.

9. Can we choose a godfather or godmother who is not baptized?

No.  Because the role of the godparents is to represent the Christian community and to bear witness to the faith of the Church in the eyes both of the person to be baptized and of his/her parents, it would be ill-advised to place them in a role for which they were not prepared to fulfill at the time.

10. The godmother we selected is not baptized. Is this problematic?

If the godfather who will be accompanying her is baptized, she could only serve as the child’s “godmother-at-heart”; she would, nevertheless, be invited to sign the official baptismal register as a witness. She could accompany and support the baptized child by carrying him/her in her heart, but not as delegated representative of the Church.

11. Is it necessary for both parents to be in agreement in order to have their child baptized?

No.  The decision of one parent to baptize their child does not require the consent of the other. However, in the interest of fostering unity and peace within the family household, it is common practice to delay a baptism in the hope of securing the approval of both parents. 

12. Are we obliged to celebrate our child’s baptismal ceremony along with other families having children baptized?

A Christian does not grow and develop in a void; he or she does not live alone on an island. The Church is an authentic family that invites all people to recognize that they are brothers and sisters of the same Father, in Jesus. That is why the Church invites families to gather and to celebrate together the baptism of their children, the sacrament that initiates their little ones into the greater Christian community. As soon as they are baptized, they become full members. This is a visible consequence of this sacrament, which is also an act of the community and of the entire Catholic Church. Moreover, to mark the link between Baptism and the Christian community, a special and official welcome is usually extended during a Sunday assembly (a Mass) to those who will be baptized.

13. How do we begin Christian education as a family?

A Christian education begins very simply, first and foremost, by the example that you give to your child as a prayerful, faithful committed Christian. A good way to go about this is to take a bit of time with your child in the evening, at bedtime. Tell him or her that Jesus loves them very much, even if they don’t see Him. Teach your child to say “thank you” to Jesus for all that was good and to ask forgiveness for any anger, arguments or other ways they were not loving during the course of the day. Ask Jesus to bless all the members of your family (or friends) by naming them one by one (or not).  

To create an ambiance and decorum that favours prayer and reflection, you might want to light a candle, place a crucifix or a pious image near your child in a little prayer corner. There are also a multitude of short books geared to various age groups that can help youngsters to discover the life of Jesus, the message of the Gospel, the lives of Christians, the saints of the Church, etc. (You will find some in specialized Catholic bookstores.)

 

14. Our child is still a baby: why should we decide on his behalf to baptize him in the Catholic Church?

This is a very pertinent question, often asked. Allow us to respond with another question:  Did you ask your young child for his/her opinion before teaching them their mother tongue or teaching them how to swim? Did you ask his/her opinion about the arrival or not of a little brother or sister, on what he/she wants in their bottle, etc.? The answer to all these questions is “no”. Was your intention to interfere with his or her freedom, to disrespect his or her right to choose in making these decisions? No. All these decisions were the result of the same intention: choosing what is best for him or her.

It is up to you to judge whether you think it is good (or not) that your child should grow up in the faith of the Catholic Church. And rest assured, when your child reaches the age of full reason and adolescent freedom, he or she will be fully free to believe or not believe, to practise or not practise his or her religion.

15. Is baptismal preparation obligatory for parents and godparents?

Church programs for baptismal preparation are directed mainly toward the parents who bear primary responsibility for the baptism of their child. That being said, as the godfather and godmother are also involved, it is an opportunity for all to rediscover the Christian faith and the life of the Church; in fact, many parents and godparents often pose their own questions of a religious and spiritual nature during these sessions. This preparation also allows them to be better prepared for the baptismal ceremony.

16. This is our second child. Is it necessary to undertake baptismal preparation again?

Preparing for a baptism is not like preparing for a school exam. Instead, it is first and foremost a faith experience designed to touch the heart, the will and the soul of each participant. This experience can be repeated many times without ever exhausting its meaning or its richness – like all things concerning love. This is why each baptismal preparation session offers parents a time and space to deepen their Catholic faith, while giving them the opportunity to meet new people.   

17. Whom should I contact to obtain proof of my Confirmation?
  • You should contact the parish in which you were baptized, which will also have a record of your Confirmation, whether you were confirmed in that parish or not.

  • For further assistance, please feel free to contact us at (514) 931-7311, ext. 245 or by email at chancellerie@diocesemontreal.org.

  • If you were baptized at a parish located outside the Archdiocese of Montreal, you must get in touch with the diocese in which that parish is located. If you need assistance to do so, feel free to contact us at (514) 931-7311, ext. 245 or by email at chancellerie@diocesemontreal.org.

 

18. Must a baptism always take place in a parish?

Yes, because the parish and the church in which the parish faithful gather represent the community of believers into which the newly baptized child is being received. Baptism naturally takes place in the parish to which the child’s parents belong, but it sometimes happens that it is celebrated in another parish.  In order to do this, it is necessary to obtain the agreement of the pastor of the home parish.

19. Why must we sign a register after the baptism?

The baptismal register is the official Catholic Church record of membership in the Christian community and, consequently, is used to verify that the believer can receive certain other sacraments, such as First Communion, Confirmation, Marriage or Holy Orders.

A signature in the baptismal register officially verifies that you have freely chosen to be baptized, and in the case of infant baptism, it attests that you have freely chosen baptism for your child, an attestation that can also serve as a helpful reminder to your child during their journey of faith and periods of soul-searching.

20. Can the sacrament of Baptism be annulled?

No, because the Church teaches that this sacrament marks the soul of the baptized person with a particular sign from God who, once committed to a covenant relationship with his creature, is faithful to this commitment for all of eternity. That being said, anyone who wishes to disassociate themselves from the Catholic Church can do so.

This person can until his/her last breath rekindle this loving relationship, for God never refuses anyone who, with a sincere heart, asks for his love.

21. What is the cost of a baptism?

All encounters with God are free; entry into the Church is the same. That being said, the parish incurs expenses in preparing for your child’s baptismal rite; the parents/godparents usually make a donation as a sign of appreciation.

22. In addition to their first name, can we give other names to our child who is to be baptized?

The name you give your child at birth is their baptismal name. Some parents wish to give other names to their child in addition to the first name. For instance, parents might want to add the name of a saint to whom they spiritually entrust their child, in the mystery of the communion of saints (the real union of all Christians in heaven and on earth). Parents should make these decisions before completing the federal and provincial birth registration forms and indicate these additional names in the appropriate places.

23. Is it necessary to be baptized in order to have a sacramental marriage in the Catholic Church?

Yes.  Baptism is the sacrament by which a person becomes an active member of the Catholic Church; Baptism is the gateway to all other Christian sacraments. Baptism is the foundation of a person’s Catholic identity. Like all sacraments, marriage rests on these foundations. On a spiritual level, marriage invites Christ into the heart of the relationship between the (future) spouses; this personal relationship with Christ must, therefore, pre-exist when celebrating the sacrament of Marriage or Holy Matrimony.

24. At what age can a person become a godfather or godmother?

The Catholic Church requires that the godfather or godmother be at least 16 years of age at the time of the baptismal celebration so as to assure that they have the human and spiritual maturity necessary to accompany the newly baptized person in this crucial step in his/her Christian life.

25. What are other conditions required to become a godfather or godmother?

To become a godparent is a lifelong responsibility and commitment. For this reason, the Catholic Church has established the following two conditions that godparents must meet:

  • A godparent must be a practising Catholic

  • A godparent must have already received the Sacraments of Christian Initiation: Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation.

 

26. Why is it that I cannot get two godmothers and godfathers at the Baptism of my child?

In the eyes of God, men and women, though equal, are different and their differences bring richness. They enrich each other through their approach and can bear together more fruits than if they were alone. The role of the Godfather and Godmother is to be a guide, a coach of Christian life in some way, and they both envision this role in different ways.

Does pastoral responsibility apply only to volunteers?

No. The diocesan pastoral responsibility policy applies to all personnel working for the Diocese of Montreal, without exception: employees, priests, members of the clergy, religious or lay people, paid or volunteer, parishes and missions, offices and diocesan services, corporations.

Does this policy serve to counter sexual abuses committed against minors?

No, it is a policy with a much broader aim. The application of the pastoral responsibility policy aims to prevent all forms of abuse in the interactions with all those who are minors or vulnerable: sexual abuse, emotional, financial or physical. Minors are not the only ones that the pastoral responsibility policy aims to protect; in fact, many adults are vulnerable because of their age, a handicap, temporary or permanent circumstances, and they are no longer able to properly protect themselves. The policy therefore protects minors and people who are of age.

Is a police check obligatory for all those who work in parishes?

No. The police check and the verification of references only apply to people who occupy positions considered to hold an elevated risk.

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