(Closed) Get A New Baptismal Certificate?!

posted 7 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

You may be able to get the certificate from the diocese that your old church was part of.  The records had to go somewhere, it’s not like they throw everything away when the church closes down.  Our priest told us he’s had trouble with couples whose church had burned down and there were no records at all.  If your church had just closed, there has to be a way to get a copy.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We had the same issue.  It turns out you need a new one because on the back it will list all the sacrements you have recieved, and this will prove that you haven’t been married before. Even if you didn’t recieve your other sacrements at the same church they report it all back to your baptismal church.  FI was unable to obtain his and they gave him a form to have two people who can swear he was baptised fill out and have notarized.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

Yeah, that’s really up to the Diocese so maybe your previous engagment didn’t require it.  In mine, you have to get a new one.  I’m kind of worried about that b/c I was baptised as a protestant and they don’t “re-issue” certificates.  I haven’t really spoken to the priest about these things b/c my Fiance and I postponed our wedding 18 months.  I would explain your situation to your priest if you haven’t already.  If that doesn’t work, then I’d either contact your local Diocesan office and explain your situation–if that doesn’t work, then I’d try contacting the Dioceses where you two were both baptized and see if they have record of it.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’ve actually never seen a church NOT require one. Call your birth parishes diocese marriage office to ask about this. Your FI just needs to CALL his baptismal church and they’ll send your current parish the noted certificate.

Basically, regardless of where you receive other sacraments, the church of baptism maintains your sacramental record. So when you receive first communion it’s sent to that church… confirmation, etc… same thing. This way it’s all in the same place.

I live out of state as well as my FI does. We just called the church of our baptisms and they sent the copy directly to the church. They will typically be signed by the current pastor and a notary. Most churches don’t want you to bring a copy because of potential tampering, etc.. 

Anyhow, don’t stress. It’s there. This is normal. You just need to call the marriage office of the diocese where you were baptized and they’ll be able to help you. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee

My FI (who is catholic) had to get a new version.  We weren’t told that we had to do it within 6 months of the wedding though.  He had to get his Grandma to send it from Germany.  The priest said the certificate marks your baptism, plus if you’ve been married in the church before.  So they wanted it to ensure that my FI wasn’t already married hehe.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

When a parish closes, its records are either sent to the diocese or are sent to another parish that “takes over” the closed parish’s territory.  If you call the diocese office, they will tell you where to find your record. 

Edit:  when you find the secretary with the record and ask her to send it, make sure you ask for your baptismal certificate “with notations”.  In addition, it helps to add that you need it for a wedding.  Otherwise, you might get it without sacremental notation which is useless for the purpose of marriage.

Edit edit:  you also want to get it as soon as possible.  If your Confirmation parish or another sacramental parish didn’t send the necesary paperwork to your baptismal parish, you might need to track down that parish, then get them to send paperwork to the baptismal parish, who will then send the proper paperwork to the baptismal parish.

I know it sounds like a pain, but if you do any sort of genealogy, you understand how great it is that the Catholic Church tracks all of this information.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I just had a meeting with our priest and was told the same thing about getting the new baptismal certificate….strange but true

we are getting married in just over 2 months thought but that did not seem to be a problem, there was no 6 month stipulation

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Wow I’ve never heard of that. That’s like telling someone “even though you have your birth-certificate, I’m going to need for you to go back to the hospital and get another copy.” Strange. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

@KaitlinHudson:  It’s to prevent counterfeits and to ensure that all the sacraments (like confirmation/first communion) are listed.  It’s also good for genealogy records.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

@KaitlinHudson: The difference is that your birth certificate is updated once (at birth) while your baptismal certificate is continually updated (when you receive a sacrament, such as marriage), so the priest wants a recent copy.

Besides, I’ve been asked many times for recent copies of my birth certificate.  If you intend to use it for anything legal (other than simply as proof of birth), you’ll be required to use a copy issued in the last year and with an apostille by the state of issue.  This is to prevent fraud.

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Thanks for posting this, totally jogged my memory! i have mine but i need to make sure FI gets his totally missed it on my list of things to do.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

I wasn’t born in America and where I’m from, and our record keeping is so-so. I don’t attend church anymore, well, haven’t really since I was a teenager but back home, your baptisimal certificate is a card, and it’s pretty big folded paper, like a pocketfold. So, there’s a place for all sacraments listed even ‘last rites’ and ‘holy order’ which used to crack me up because I knew I wouldn’t be a nun 🙂 My friend had to send her mother to go back to our local church to get another certificate because her church here in NYC needed it. It was a pain, but then, she had her mother living there.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

My church was the same—our baptismal certificates had to be issued within the last 6 months, so that it shows the most up to date information.

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