Baptisms officiants in Quebec

What is baptism? How do we celebrate?

Originally, Baptism is a Christian sacrament marked by a ritual use of water purifying and admitting the recipient to the Christian community.

Today, with the baptismal, welcoming ceremony or blessing ceremony, we are affirming the love and happiness for the presence of the child. Giving the child god-parents, the use of white clothing and purification with water, is therefore pursuing the tradition.

Welcoming a child in our community of human being that we are, accompanied by god-parents or not, is a warm greeting of good wishes representing each and everyone present for this special moment. The use of the baptismal candle represent the light that will guide the child through his life.

Le Nouveau Penser present you a significant welcoming ceremony for your child in accordance to your beliefs and traditions.


You are a non religious organization, what does that mean?

Le Nouveau Penser, founded in 1981, is registered as a secular organization and we respect all religions. Consequently, the texts used in the ceremony that you choose will carefully respect your faith, or non-faith.

Does baptism require to be registered at the government?

None is required, registration of birth is declared at hospital when the child is born.

Does baptism allow the child to marry in the future?

It is the birth certificate from the Directeur du bureau de l’état civil du Québec that allows the person to be married and not the baptism certificate.

Later on in life, can my child be married religiously?

As an adult this person will choose to be baptised or married in accordance with the dogma of a religion.

What are the religious, legal or juridical conditions to baptize a child?


Do we need a godmother and a godfather for the baptism?

We suggest that there is a godmother and godfather or any combination of those..

Do you provide a document stating that the baptism has taken place?

Yes, we give you a souvenir document “certificate” from our corporation attesting that your child has been baptized and signed by the celebrant.

What are the required documents?

No legal document is required.

How many meetings are required with the officiant?

There is no required meeting.

Where can we do our ceremony?

Your ceremony can be held anywhere.

How will the officiant be dressed?

The officiant usually wears a stole over his or her business attire. If you wish, he or she can wear an alb and a stole to better match your ritual style.

May we modify wording and text of the ceremony?

Our texts can be modified in accordance to your preferences with the approval of your officiant.

Can our ceremony be performed in both languages simultaneously?

The ceremony can be performed, in English, in French, or in both languages simultaneously.  You may inquire about the possibility of a ceremony to be performed in other languages.

Are friends and family allowed to participate in the ceremony?

We encourage your loved one’s to participate in the ceremony with a reading, music performance or any suggestions should you have.

How long the ceremony will last?

The ceremony will last about 25 to 30 minutes.

When can we do our ceremony?

We can officiate your ceremony at any given time on a weekday, weekend or evening.

What happens if our celebrant is ill or totally incapacitated the day of the ceremony?

Le Nouveau Penser regroups several officiants. If, for some major reason, your celebrant is unable to perform your ceremony, Le Nouveau Penser is authorized to replace him with another celebrant who will respect the date of your ceremony.

How long in advance should we book our ceremony?

We advise you to book as early as possible. In practice, you can make your reservation as soon as you know the date, time and place of your ceremony.

How do we make a reservation?

An official reservation can be made by phone or email.

We will need those informations:

  • Date and time of ceremony
  • Name and full address of ceremony site
  • Parent’s name
  • Two phone numbers, ideally cellular
  • Name of your child
  • Place of birth
  • Date of birth
  • Names of godparents
  • Preference for your celebrant: male, female or indifferent

If you are contacting us by email, please leave us the phone number to reach you and the best time for us to do so.

We will recommend a celebrant who will contact you within 24 hours.

You have two options:

  • Contact directly the celebrant of your choice. You will find a list of all our celebrants and their contact details on our website.
  • Contact our office, we are opened 7 days a week from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.1-514-254-2951 or

What is the price of the ceremony?

The price for our services varies depending on the distance the celebrant has to travel to get to your ceremony location.

Our services offered are turnkey, to include first phone communication, opening of the file, preparation of the ceremony and travel charges. Taxes are included, no other fees will be added to the price.

What are the payment terms?

The payment is made directly to your celebrant according to the terms he will specify.

Contact Le Nouveau Penser to find out more about our baptismal celebrations

Would you like more information about our baptismal services? You want to make an appointment to organize your or your newborn baptism? Call us 514 254-2951 or visit our contact page.