Baptism

The First Step - New life!

In the waters of baptism we are initiated in the Church as children of God and commissioned to live as Christ's followers. Anointed by the Spirit, we are cleansed from sin and begin new life in Christ. Please contact the Parish if you wish to be baptised. 

 

Baptism usually takes place on Sundays at 12:30pm.

Parents who seek Baptism for their infant children will meet with the priest for instruction weeks before the day of baptism; this may be done even before the birth of the child. Baptism of infants should not be delayed, but should be celebrated within the first few weeks of the child’s life. It is most important that the soul be filled with God’s grace from the child’s earliest days. (see Canon Law no. 867)

 

Regarding sponsors (godparents) for Baptism:

  • only one is required, either male or female

  • if there are two sponsors, they must be a male and a female

  • they must be 16 years of age or older

  • ideally, both sponsors should be practising Catholics who live a life of faith consistent with the responsibility of a godparent, however, a practising member of another Christian denomination may be admitted as a Christian witness

  • it is absolutely not permitted for non-believers to be sponsors.

(for more information on sponsors, see Canon Law no. 872-874)

Once you have telephoned and scheduled your meeting with a parish priest, download (click on blue docx) and complete the above form. Bring the completed form along with you to your meeting with the priest.

For adults who wish to be baptised, a longer period of time is given for coming to understand our Catholic faith in more depth and for discernment on this decision. Adults generally receive the sacrament of Baptism with the other sacraments of initiation, Confirmation and Eucharist, in what we call the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).