Baptism

Infants

Baptism is a gift that Jesus gave to the Church by which we experience the life that he gained for us by his death and resurrection. What happens to those who are not baptised is in the hands of God who wishes that all should be saved. Baptism of infants is encouraged, of course, because by it, parents are showing their desire that their child should share in all that is important to them. It is the beginning of the child's initiation into the family of the Church, the Body of Christ.

Please contact the Parish Office on 9543 2677 at least six weeks before the desired date so that we may advise you on how the program works.

Infant baptisms are held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 11:15am.

Adults

Adults wishing to be baptised need to be aware that a preparation time is normal. Adult preparation takes place through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

Baptism Certificates

Certificates are usually given at the time of Baptism. Certificates are needed for enrolment in a Catholic School and for admission to First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Recent copies are needed at the time of Marriage. To obtain a copy, contact the parish where you where baptised. You may be able to arrange to collect a copy. If a parish is distant, the best means is to send a request for the certificate with a stamped self-addressed envelope.

Occasionally we meet people who express the fear that if their infant child were to die before Baptism then that child could not go to heaven. It is useful to explain that such a teaching has never been offical dogma in the Church even though it was commonly held.