The Msgr. William Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center is the repository for the sacramental records for the closed parishes in the Archdiocese of Newark comprising Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union Counties.
Prior to receiving Communion, Confirmation or Marriage sacraments, one must obtain a copy of one’s baptismal certificate from the church in which the sacrament occurred. If the church in the Archdiocese of Newark is still open, you must contact that church to obtain your certificate. Please see the parish finder on the Archdiocesan website at http://rcan.org/parishes-map. If that church has closed, it may have been merged with another parish, or the records may be housed at the Msgr. William Noé Field Archives and Special Collections Center. Please open the link Closed Parishes below where you should find the name of the institution which now holds the records you seek. If they are conserved at the Msgr. William Noé Field Archives and Special Collections Center, please see the two forms linked below. There is a fee of $5.00 per certificate. Use the Mail Application for Sacramental Certificates if you wish to pay by check, or use the Electronic Application for Sacramental Certificates if you wish to pay online by credit card.
Note: This form is for the purpose of obtaining a copy of a baptismal, communion, confirmation or marriage certificate for current use. Examples of current use include need to obtain 1.] baptismal certificate 6 months prior to marriage, 2.] confirmation certificate in order to serve as confirmation sponsor, 3.] baptismal certificate to prove age for Social Security applications, 4.] marriage certificate to prove relationship for Social Security applications or baptismal/marriage certificates for a Tribunal. This form is NOT for use in family history searches – please refer to the Genealogy Research Requests page for information on that type of search.
Those who are interested in obtaining sacramental certificates may obtain more information about our services by contacting the Archives at (973) 761-9476.
Follow the link below for a list of closed parishes:
Forms:Mail Application for Sacramental Certificates