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Sacramental Records

SACRAMENTAL RECORDS

Sacramental records are generally recoreded by the parish clergy or appointed delegates when the sacrament is performed, and are maintained in the parishes. St. John the Baptist keeps an accurate record of our parishioner's sacramental life, both written and digital. Sacramental records are those records created when individuals receive one of the seven sacraments – Baptism, Penance, Eucharist (First Communion), Confirmation, Matrimony, Holy Orders, and the Anointing of the Sick and Dying. Records of Baptism, Confirmation, and Marriage are the most common types of records. Penance records are not made or kept, nor are they required.

Sacramental Records are vital and essential to the Church, individuals, and communities. Since such records are often the only documents which exist relative to people’s ancestors, their creation, preservation and proper use are imperative. The value of sacramental registers is acknowledged in civil and Canon law as they provide documentation of those who make up parishes and, collectively, the Archdiocese. Sacramental Records document the religious rights of parishioners and record the history of Catholic communities.

Our accumulated records are sent to the Archdiocese Archives once a year. Those records are then microfilmed and housed at the Archives building at the Archdiocese. Our older books, dating back to the 1800s, will soon be sent to the book binder in Denver to be refurbished.

For certificate requests and questions, please contact Karen Sabo at 303-776-0737, ext. 109, or e-mail karens@johnthebaptist.org.