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Records Retention Guidelines

The Records Retention Guidelines for Parish Records was prepared in response to parishes’ needs to establish control over routine records and to preserve records of permanent value. The list of records included is lengthy but not definitive. Each parish may have a series of records not mentioned here. Retention periods were devised based on Canon Law, state and federal statutes and practical parish realities. If questions arise regarding records-related issues, please contact the appropriate office at the Archdiocese for additional information.

Parish Records Retention Guidelines

Catechetical Records Records Retention form 5125.3

School Records Retention form 5125.1(a)

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Name:Shelly Taylor
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