Congratulations on the birth of your child! The Parish Community shares in your joy. Thank you for wanting to have your baby join the family of the Church through Baptism. By asking for your baby’s Baptism, you are publicly thanking God for His gift to you and making a commitment to bring up your child in the Christian faith.
We will help you carry out your decision by giving you our wholehearted support.
To allow for preparation for your child’s baptism, parents are asked to give one month’s notice to the Parish Office.
The Sacrament of Baptism will be celebrated on the 2nd and last Saturday of every month at 1pm
Dates for Baptism Ceremonies 2018
January: Saturdays 13th & 27th @ 1pm
February: Saturdays 10th & 24th @ 1pm
March: Saturday 10th & 24th @1pm
April: Saturdays 14th & 28th @ 1pm
May: Saturdays 12th & 26th @ 1pm
June: Saturdays 9th & 23rd 1pm
July: Saturdays 14th & 28th @ 1pm
August: Saturdays 11th & 25th @ 1pm
September: Saturdays 8th & 22nd @ 1pm
October: Saturdays 13th & 27th @ 1pm
November: Saturdays 10th & 24th @ 1pm
December: Saturdays 8th & 22nd @ 1pm
Please note on the day of Baptism
As a courtesy to the priest and other families please aim to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony.
Time for celebration and Joy! Your baby’s baptism is a time for celebration and joy. And, naturally, you want the best for your baby. We want to help you plan and prepare for the baptism in the best possible way.
An important Question…
Why have you requested baptism for your child in the Church?
There may be many reasons…Seems to be the thing to do? Someone else in the family wants it? It’s on my “to do” list? I’m afraid something might happen my child? It’s a significant step that starts the faith journey?
How the Church sees Baptism
The Church sees Baptism as the first important step on the Christian journey. On the day your child was born, he/she was welcomed into their family. On the day of baptism they are welcomed into the bigger family of the Lord, the Church. In baptism we enter into a unique and special relationship with the person of Jesus Christ and we try to live out that relationship in and through the people around us. Or put another way … In Baptism we become
• A son/daughter of God the Father
• A brother/sister of Jesus Christ
• A temple of the Holy Spirit
• A member of God’s family, the Church.
Since Baptism is not merely a naming ceremony for your child, but rather a welcoming of each new child into out parish community, our Parish Baptismal team will arrange a meeting with you prior to the ceremony. We require that you give us 30 days notification so that we can organise the meeting.
The meeting is hosted by members of the Parish Baptismal Team who are parents and the objective of the meeting is to assist parents understand the meaning of Baptism and to explain the details of the ceremony and explore the symbols used in Baptism. The meeting lasts approximately 45 minutes and is an opportunity to explore any concerns you may have as well as meet other parents who may be sharing your Baptism day. The Parish Baptismal team will also be present at the Baptism ceremony, welcoming each child on behalf of the parish community.