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Reverend Robb McDonald remembers well the first time he felt the crushing pressure of creating a non-denominational baptism service that had to please an Italian-Catholic great-grandmother.

The family matriarch had flown in for the ceremony, ramping up the stress on McDonald.

Choosing McDonald, a non-denominational minister who provides services through Baptisms & Naming Ceremonies Canada, was an easy choice for the child’s parents, who no longer attend church but want to keep Great-Grandma happy. They opted for an intimate ceremony in their home but still wanted something special.

Canadians who have grown away from the church are finding they do not need to attend church to continue faith-based traditions. Just a quarter of the country regularly participates in group religion. Many families are looking for ways to customize religious rituals to fit their personalized approach to faith.

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Hadassah Alencar is a bilingual journalist based near Montreal. She recently completed the journalism program at Concordia University, where she worked as a teaching assistant and became editor-in-chief...