Baptism is the introduction of a person into the Church community. Through the waters of Baptism your child enters into the life of God – Father, Son and Spirit. Your child is dedicated to God and all that is good. If you wish to have your baby or child baptised, please go to a Sunday Mass and introduce yourself to Fr John, Fr Daney or Fr Gustavo afterwards. Father will provide you with an application form. The date requested for your child’s baptism (four weeks notice is helpful) will be confirmed once your form has been received and you will be contacted regarding a preparation session.
Baptisms are celebrated every Sunday, except during Lent. The ceremony commences at the conclusion of the 9.30am Mass.
At least one godparent must be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has received the Eucharist, and who lives a life worthy of the role that he or she is about to undertake. The other godparent or witness needs to be at least a baptised Christian. As long as one godparent is Catholic, it is permissible for a non-Catholic to act as witness to your child’s baptism. It is not possible for an unbaptised person to act as godparent or witness. It is possible to have just one godparent.
A Baptism certificate will be provided. Please keep this in a safe place, as it is needed for enrolment to Catholic schools and for future Sacraments – First Reconciliation, First Communion, Confirmation, Marriage and Holy Orders.
A register is kept of all Baptisms in the parish and a copy of the Baptism register can be obtained by contacting the office if needed.