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We are delighted that you are seeking the Sacrament of Baptism for your child,and we, your parish community, wish to share the joy of this celebration with you.
The baptism of a child, whether it be your first or your fourth, is a very special opportunity for you, the parents, to reaffirm and strengthen your own faith.
If your family lives in Clarkson or in the Lorne Park area of Mississauga, you live in our parish boundaries. The first step is for you to come to the parish office and pick up a Baptismal Package. This package contains information about the sacrament of Baptism, as well as a Request Form and a Parish Registration Form (in case you are not already registered at St. Christopher’s Parish). We need you to complete the Form(s) and return them to the parish office.
(Parish Office hours: Monday to Thursday 9am – 5pm and Fridays 9am to 4pm. Lunch hour is between 12:30 & 1:30pm. Parish office hours during July & August: Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm)
If you are requesting Baptism for your first child, parents (no babies/children) are asked to attend a Baptismal Preparation Class. Godparents/Sponsors are invited to attend, but it is not compulsory. The class is held on a weekday evening and is facilitated by parishioners. The Baptismal Preparation Ministry at St. Christopher’s Parish consists of couples who take turns to facilitate Baptismal Classes for new parents. There is one class per month. If the date of a class is not convenient, you can attend a class the following month.
After you attend the Baptismal Class, you can set the date of the Baptism with the parish office. If you are not required to attend a class, you can set the date of the Baptism when you return your completed Request Form to the parish office.
Baptisms are usually held on the second and fourth Sunday of the month (with a few exceptions, eg. in December and around Easter). We ask that the families and their guests are seated in the church at 1:45pm.
During the Baptism celebration, your child will be given a Baptismal candle as a remembrance of receiving this sacrament, as well as, his/her Baptismal certificate.