The Sacrament of Baptism

Baptism is the sacrament whereby the Christian community welcomes and begins the initiation of new members. In the water bath of blessed water, the anointing with fragrant chrism, the clothing in new white garments and the reception of the Light of Christ, new members join the life of the Catholic Christian Community. In the renunciation of sin, profession of faith, and promise of a faithful witness to the Christian life, and, with God-parents at their side, parents present their new family member(s) asking that they be formally admitted to the life of the church. Or, perhaps, someone of understanding age presents themselves for membership.

Here in our parishes, baptisms are normally celebrated every Sunday at 11.30am in St Patrick’s Church. They may be celebrated at another time on Sunday at St Peter’s Church, or during Mass at St Teresa’s Church or Canossa Chapel. Baptisms are only celebrated on the Lord’s Day. 

Please contact the Parish Office on 4776 2600 for more information or to schedule a Baptism. 

Please note, that your child must have at least one Godparent (that is a person baptised in the Catholic Faith) and may have other Christian Witnesses as Sponsors (persons baptised in other Christian communities). Obviously, someone who is not baptised is unable to be a Godparent as they are unable to model the baptised life to your child.