parochial registers

Five distinct books, in which the parish priest is required to record respectively the baptisms, confirmations, and marriages that take place in his parish (except marriages of conscience, which are recorded in the secret archives of chancery), deaths among his people, and, as far as possible, the actual spiritual condition of his parish. At the end of the year, authentic copies of these registers, excepting the last, should be sent to the diocesan chancery. Annotations of subsequent confirmation, marriage, reception of subdiaconate, or solemn religious profession, must be made alongside the record of baptism in the baptismal register and always transcribed into certificates of baptism.

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