​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Requesting a Sacramental Certificate

If you KNOW which parish administered the sacrament, please contact the parish directly.
Certificates are created from original register books, which in most cases are still held by the parish. 

If you DO NOT KNOW the parish where the sacrament took place, please read the information below on how to request a search for your record through ARCAT:


ARCAT Sacramental Record Search FormHow does the search for a sacramental record work? 

ARCAT does not maintain a database or an electronic index of sacramental records. Our staff use microfilmed copies of parish registers to search for your record. 

You must provide information to help us narrow down the search. 

Please consult with your parents or anyone else who may have been present at the sacrament, and fill out as much information as possible on the Sacramental Record Search Request Form.

If we are able to locate your record, we will direct you to the appropriate parish to contact for a copy of your certificate. ARCAT does not create certificates from microfilmed records. 


Who can request information regarding a sacramental record?

Under Ontario privacy legislation and our archdiocesan ​privacy policy, information about a sacramental record will only be released:

  • To the person whose name appears in the record

  • OR to the parent or legal guardian of an individual under 18 years old

  • OR if there has been prior authorization for the release of this information

Certificates are not issued, and record searches are not undertaken, for genealogical purposes. If you are seeking a sacramental record for your family history, please visit our Genealogy page.  

Additional Information by Type of Request

​​Baptism ​

​If you are seeking to amend your government records and the Office of the Registrar General has requested a photocopy of the baptismal register, please contact us before contacting the parish.

​​First Communion &

Confirmation

​Past recordkeeping traditions regarding these sacraments have not been consistent throughout the Archdiocese. It is not unusual for parishes to have no record of your First Communion or Confirmation.

Elementary Schools do not maintain First Communion and Confirmation Records.

Marriage

​Please note that the official record of a marriage is the Government of Ontario record, which is held by the Office of the Registrar General.

If you are seeking a marriage record to provide evidence for a government form, we will only conduct the search if the Government office has told you that your church records will be acceptable. Otherwise, please request your marriage certificate online through the ServiceOntario website, or contact the Office of the Registrar General​.​

​Death & Burial

Death and burial are not sacraments and are therefore not formally recorded by all parishes.  In Ontario, official death records are kept by the Office of the Registrar General.

If you are looking for a burial, and you know that the individual was buried in a Catholic cemetery in the Archdiocese of Toronto, please contact Catholic ​​Cemeteries ​& Funeral Services – Archdiocese of Toronto​​.