Parish Resources

Sacramental Records


Sacramental Registers are legal documents produced by the Church that contain records of the sacraments instituted by Jesus and conferred in our parishes. They are also essential for tracking parishes, populations, and communities as well as the ethnicity of areas within a diocese.

Because of the importance of these records, it is important to understand how to properly store, handle, and record information in Parish Sacramental Registers. The guide below will provide those who work in parishes with the understanding of how to properly maintain and preserve these records.

Guide to Maintaining Sacramental Registers (Final)   (pdf)




Where a sacrament is celebrated outside of the parish church – for example in a school –  details of the sacrament conferred must be entered in the proper parish Sacramental Registers. The proper parish for the recording of sacraments is the parish in whose territory the sacraments were celebrated.   

Guide for Secondary Schools & Sacramental Records  (pdf)