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:
Our staff use microfilmed copies of parish registers to search for your record. With over 200 parishes in our Archdiocese, we cannot search every microfilm reel for your record.
You must provide information to help us narrow down the search for your record.
Please consult with your parents or someone who was present at the sacrament, and fill out as much information as possible on the Sacramental Record Search Request Form.
Please note we only have records for sacraments that were received in a Roman Catholic parish within the boundaries of our Archdiocese.
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.
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 Historical Parish Registers page.
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.
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.
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 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.