Caring for Sacramental Records

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Introduction

Sacramental records form an important religious function. They document an individual’s spiritual journey and the spiritual growth of the parish. The records may also be used as legal documents when civil documents do not exist. Canon Law 535 requires parishes to maintain and preserve their sacramental records. While time, fire and flood pose very real threats, the greatest danger these records face is poor storage and wear and tear caused by poor handling. This guide provides the parish with guidelines on the proper handling and storage of these irreplaceable documents.

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