(Closed) Baptismal Certificate – New but no sacraments listed?

posted 6 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

Usually it’s not a big deal. Back in the day when people spent their whole lives (or, at least, their whole childhoods) in one place, parishes noted all the sacraments on the baptismal certificates. Nowadays, it’s extremely common to move around and most people end up doing their First Communion and Confirmation in a different parish from where they were baptized. Sometimes the information gets passed along and notated, but much of the time it doesn’t. I think they might make a point of notating marriages, precisely for this reason (I suspect that after you get married, the parish where you marry notes it on the certificate and sends it back to the baptismal parish to be kept on file? Not sure, though.)

When you meet with your priest to fill out the affidavits (the forms where you promise that you haven’t been kidnapped or coerced into the marriage, etc.) he will most likely ask you about first communion and confirmation, so if you can recall (or figure out) when and where they took place and have that info ready, that’d be a good idea. That will probably be sufficient.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Correct. Unless you received all the sacraments at the same church, most likely it will not be listed on the Baptismal Cert. This is quite common nowadays.

In my case were not asked for “proof” of the other sacraments but just to list the church and city where they took place.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@HappierKate:  I guess every church is different.  My newly issued baptismal certificate did not have any notations on the back and for some reason I cannot find my communion certificate, which I recieved at a different church.  Anyways when I called the church where I had the communion done, they do not have record of it. Meaning they have books for 1967 and not again until 2003. I had mine done in 1992 (if I remember correctly).  The Deacon we have been speaking with is still requesting it so if I still cannot find it, then my parents have to sign an Affidavit saying I did have my communion, the date and the Priest’s name. Of course the same one isn’t there anymore. Everyone has asked me why they need it and I have no idea why, but I guess it is the church we chose specifically. I also have not had my confirmation and since Fiance and I live together, they will marry us without it, but I have to do it next year.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I recently got mine – it’s bizarre, because it came from the parish I had my baptism and communion at … and I went to a different parish for confirmation. Guess what? It has no communion listed, but it does have the confirmation from another parish! Weird!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

@kariface:  It might partly depend on how meticulous each parish is about record-keeping? Maybe you happened to get confirmed at a parish with a very assiduous secretary who made sure that the records were sent to all the baptismal parishes of everyone who got confirmed there but baptized elsewhere … and since the parish bothered to send it, the baptismal parish bothered to note it, whereas they usually didn’t (i.e. with their own First Communions)?

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@KCKnd2:  Must be. The priest we met with didn’t even look at it (for real!) so i’m not worrying … 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@HappierKate:  Date Twin! I didn’t even notice until now! We are in the same boat.  All the paperwork has to be turned in a month before the wedding. We meet with the Deacon again in a week so I hope i find mine! I don’t know how to fill in the Affidavit if we don’t have the date or the Priest’s name!  Best of luck to you! Hopefully they won’t mind as much. The Priest where I had my communion didn’t understand why it was a big deal that I should be fine without it. At least you have options! I also tried calling the local main diocese, but they didn’t have record of it either and again they wondered why it was so important. Luckily my Fiance had all his sacrements at the same church so no issues there. 

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