Rites of Life

Baptisms and Marriages at St. James the Apostle


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Most appropriate dates for Baptism
at St. James the Apostle

The Baptism of the Lord
(usually the 2nd Sunday of January)


(seven weeks after Easter)

The Transfiguration
(first Sunday in August)

All Saints
(first Sunday in November)

Baptism is the sacrament belonging to the people of God.

In Baptism, we are cleansed from sin and made worthy to stand in God’s presence. We put away the old life of the world and take on the new life of Christ. We participate in the death of Jesus, and experience a new birth in Christ. By God’s grace, we are grafted into the Body of Christ, becoming members of the Church. Practicing Christian parents who desire these things for their children bring them to the Church for Baptism.

Baptism is not a naming ceremony, or the registration of birth. These are functions of the government’s Registrar of Civil Status.

Baptism is celebrated on Sunday morning, at the main service (11:00 a.m.). There are five specific feasts in the church calendar that are especially appropriate for Baptism, and these are the dates used at St. James the Apostle. In addition, an alternative time would be at the visit of our Bishop.

Parents and Godparents take part in a Baptismal Preparation Course. These are normally given on the two Sundays prior to the Baptismal date. (Please confirm the dates and times of these classes with the church.)
It is expected that both parents (for children Baptism) and Godparents attend these sessions.

If you are interested in having your child baptised or if you wish to be baptised, please speak to the clergy (Rev. Robert Camara or Rev. Canon Linda Borden Taylor) who will meet with you and guide you through the process.

Some Common Questions

How many godparents should there be?

Traditionally, there are two godparents, though there is no hard and fast rule. One tradition allowed for three godparents, two of the same sex as the child and one of the opposite sex. The role of godparents is to set a good example in the faith, so the number is not particularly important. Two is the usual number.

One of the godparents is not Anglican. Is that all right?

Godparents do not need to be Anglican, but they do need to be practicing Christians. Non-Christian friends or relatives are most welcome to attend the service, but are inappropriate choices for godparents.

How do I sign up for baptism?

Speak to one of the clergy following the service, or call the church office at 514 849-7577 during the week. It is preferable to arrange for baptism at least a month in advance.

Is there a fee?

No. There is no fee for baptism, though you may wish to make a special thank you offering.


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Planning Your Marriage
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Christian marriage is considered a sacrament in which God gives grace and love to couples choosing to live in a faithful partnership. It follows, therefore, that having chosen to be married according to the rites of the Anglican Church, at least one of the parties should a be baptized member of the Anglican Church.

Booking the Date

The first step is to call to arrange a meeting with one of the clergy. It is wise to do this several months in advance of your proposed marriage date. In all cases you must make an application no later than 60 days before the date you propose for the wedding.


Normally you can expect at least three meetings with the priest who will officiate at your wedding. The priest will discuss with you the courses of Marriage Preparation you may follow (if you choose to do so), help you in arranging the details of your wedding ceremony, and will preside at the rehearsal (usually the night before the wedding).


Music is an important part of most wedding celebrations. The Director of Music will be happy to discuss appropriate music with you. Occasionally, couples have special reason to request a different organist or alternative music. This can be discussed with the priest.


Unless you request otherwise, you will be expected to make your own arrangements with a florist for wedding flowers. If floral arrangements are placed on the altar, they are left in the church following the service. All other flowers remain your own.


Photographs may be taken as the bridal party processes at the beginning and end of the wedding, and during the signing of the register. Otherwise, photo opportunities are to be negotiated between priest and couple.

The Order of Service

Prayer books and hymn books are provided for the use of your wedding guests. Some couples like to provide a personalized printed order of service. If this is done, you may request that the Parish Coordinator undertake this service on a fee for service basis.

The Wedding Fees

The Priest is responsible for all documentation for your wedding. A Verger is responsible for all physical preparations at the rehearsal and the wedding. An Organist or other musicians are responsible for all musical arrangements. The appropriate fees/honoraria should be placed in separate envelopes and handed to the Priest at the rehearsal.


The decorating of the church is the responsibility of the couple being married Note: No confetti or rice please.

Not a Church Member?

Your marriage in the Church is a wonderful opportunity not simply to begin a new dimension of relationship with one another, but also a new relationship with God and the Church. We look forward to assisting you in both these pursuits.

For more information, you may read our brochure Planning Your Marriage.
Then or call us at 514 849-7577 to get more information and start planning your wedding.

If you are interested in getting married at St. James the Apostle, please speak to the clergy (Rev. Robert Camara or Rev. Canon Linda Borden Taylor) who will meet with you and guide you through the process.


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