BAPTISM

Congratulations on bringing your child(ren) for Baptism.

This is an important occasion, not only for your family, but for all of us in St Patrick’s Parish.

To help you more fully understand initiation into the faith Community, the life of faith, which the Sacrament of Baptism signifies, we ask you to participate in a ‘Baptism Preparation Session’, and a “Rite of Welcome’ (which is the first part of the Baptism Ceremony itself).

As the minimum requirement for Baptism in St Patrick’s, attendance at both of these is necessary. In Baptism parents commit themselves to the faith-life of their child/children.

BAPTISM PREPARATION SESSIONS:

These are be held in the Parish “Library”, in the parish centre, on the first Sunday of each month. These sessions go for about an hour.Please do your best to arrive in good time to register. Babies and Godparents are welcome.

THE RITE OF WELCOME:

This can be celebrated at any weekend Mass you choose after attending a Baptism Preparation Session and prior to the Baptism. If you wish, the ‘Rite of Welcome’ and Baptism can happen on the same day, or on separate days.

BAPTISM OFFERING:

There is never a charge for a Sacrament. Most families like to make an offering to the parish. An envelope is available for this purpose.

BAPTISM STOLES AND CANDLES:

All this information is given at the Preparation session.

BAPTISM BOOKING FORM

When you complete the ‘Rite of Welcome and Baptism Booking Form’ below, you will receive a confirmation of the same from the parish. If you have any further questions please contact the parish office at 5941 7315

We look forward to seeing you.  Thank you.

RITE OF WELCOME AND BAPTISM BOOKING FORM

Note the date of Baptism preparation that you have attended or would like to attend. Baptism preparation sessions are usually on the first Sunday of every month at 2:45 pm in the parish library. Date to be confirmed by Parish Office.
THE RITE OF WELCOME: This can be celebrated at any weekend Mass you choose after attending a Baptism Preparation Session and prior to the Baptism. If you wish, the ‘Rite of Welcome’ and Baptism can happen on the same day, or on separate days. The weekend Mass times for ‘Rites of Welcome’ are: Saturday 6:00pm (vigil) Mass; Sunday - 9.00am and 10:30am ***Because of the current COVID situation we do not have a Rite of Welcome.
Baptisms are celebrated after the 10:30am Mass on Sunday, about 11:30 am. Sometimes families prefer a Saturday evening ceremony after the Vigil Mass. Your preferred baptism date cannot be confirmed until the Preparation session.**** Due to the current situations we are conducting Baptisms at 12:30 pm ***
To mark this wonderful event we, with your permission, will place a photo of parents and child on the ‘Welcome’ board in the church foyer with all those who have joined our community through Baptism in recent months.
If you have answered no to the previous question.