(Closed) Is it true

posted 8 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
184 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Are you talking about getting a Catholic baptismal certificate?

My husband is Catholic and he had to request that his home church (where he was baptised as a baby) send a copy of his baptismal certificate to the church that we were getting married in.  I’ve never heard of an updated one–Catholics don’t get baptised more than once that I know of. 

The biggest part was having it sent from church to church so that it couldn’t be alterred (and really, who would do that?!).

Post # 5
229 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Yes, you have to get a new one. Just call the church where you were baptized and have them send it. Whenever you receive a sacrament, it is recorded at the church in which you were baptized (first communion, confirmation, marriage). By getting a new one, the Church confirms that you have never married before and that you have received the other sacraments. Miss Pudding did a post on this once, should you want more info. Good luck!

Post # 6
1025 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Yeah, just call the church you were baptized in. They’ll print off a new record. It has to be dated in the last 6 months. I’d do it ASAP because if its a small church like mine, they have a habit misplacing records. They are usually pretty good. If they can’t find it, there is probably a record of first communion or confirmation, and since you have to be baptized to do those, it should suffice. 

Post # 8
937 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Yes, my Mom actually has my original baptismal certificate, so I thought I was good with that- but the priest said no, that I had to contact the church where I was baptized to get an “updated” one- no more than 6 months out from the wedding. When I asked for the reason, he said it’s the church’s way of making sure you’re not “already married to someone else” when you request it. (i.e., they assume that if they’re only giving it to you in 6 month windows, you haven’t requested it previously and therefore could be already married).

Didn’t make much sense to me, but that’s what he said.   

Post # 9
618 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - Catholic Church & The Engine Room at Georgetown Studios

The baptismal certificate that they are referring to most likely looks different from the one you got when you at baptism. This is where all of the other sacraments are recorded. There are places for first communion and confirmation and Marriage.  They need the updated one because it will have all of these recorded on it.  It needs to be dated no more than 6 months before the wedding to ensure that there are no other marriages on the certificate.  It is super easy to do- just call and request a new one from the church you were baptized.  After the wedding they will provide proof of marriage back to the church where you were baptized at for record keeping.

Post # 10
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

You need a copy of your baptismal certificate dated no later than 6 months prior to your wedding.  I’m not sure if this is a universal policy in the Church, diocese specific or something simply some parishes have adopted.  Your baptismal certificate actually has spots on it to show what other sacraments you have received.   Its your full sacramental record.  My priest said that they are doing this because the Church has been having problems of Catholics who were previously married in the Church, claiming they were never baptized, going through RCIA and getting rebaptized just to have a Catholic wedding without having to go through an annullment.

Post # 11
549 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

The updated part is that you don’t provide them with the original that your parents were given when you were baptised, as it could be altered.  So you have to get one that is dated you original baptismal date, but has a “printed” date within 6 months of the wedding!  My home church was really easy, and I hear most churches are.  Mine sent a copy to FI’s church, and then also mailed me a current copy as well.

Post # 12
80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

By an updated baptismal certificate, that simply means that they can provide you with a certificate that states the date, time, and place of your actual baptism.  From there, the Church would provide the stamp or embossed seal, which validates it along with the signature of the Church official (most times it is the Priest).

Consider it… like a proof of purchase. =) But on a more serious note, the certificate cannot be older than 6 months. Part of the reason they do this is because while you may not have the baptismal certificate, the Church does maintain records of such event.


Post # 13
9 posts
  • Wedding: December 2010

They’re checking to be sure  you weren’t married in the church before. Your marriage will be written on the back of the baptismal certificate at the church you were baptized in after the ceremony.

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