Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission (c.f. CCC, 1213)

Baptism of Infants (children under six years of age)

At the Basilica we normally celebrate the sacrament of Baptism once a month on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. The celebration is outside of a Mass. During Lent, we do not have any Baptism celebrations. Parents or guardians should contact our parish office at least one month before the planned Baptism in order to set an appointment to meet with a priest. If not registered members of St. Joseph's Basilica Parish, parents will need to obtain written permission for a Baptism in our church from their home parish.

Usually about two weeks before the day of baptism, we have a Baptismal Preparation Course in our Parish Hall. Parents or guardians and Godparents are required to complete the Baptismal Preparation Course prior to the baptism of the child. For more information or to speak to a priest call 780.488.7295

Baptism of Adults

“RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is designed for adults who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. By God’s help, they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and at the proper time will receive the sacraments fruitfully. This rite includes not simply the celebrations of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, but also all the rites belonging to the Catechumenate” (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, Introduction, nos. 1-2). To do this, please contact the parish office at 780.488.7295 ext 230 to speak with Bonnie Kirk, the RCIA Coordinator or write to us at basilica.rcia@caedm.ca.

If you are an adult and are seeking to be baptized or to be fully welcomed into the Catholic Church, you need to enroll in our RCIA program. To do this, please contact the parish office 780.488.7295.