Baptism

Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the other Sacraments. Through Baptism we are reborn, become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission. (Catechism of the Catholic Church n. 1213) 
Baptism is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation; the others being Confirmation and Eucharist.

Baptism of Infants

We welcome all parents who wish to have their babies Baptised at our parish.

In the first instance we ask that you contact our Pastoral Associate, Carole Cheng, at the parish office. Carole is available Tuesday, Wednesdays and Fridays on 9593 1703. You can also email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Carole will arrange to meet with you, to find a suitable date for your baby’s Baptism and to complete the required registration documents.

This is an opportunity for you, to gain a better understanding of the Sacrament of Baptism, and the responsibilities that you as a parent have to help and guide your child through their life journey of faith.

At this meeting you will be given a booklet to help you link everyday family life with the journey of faith. It also explains the symbols and rituals of the Baptism ceremony.

Rite of Reception

The Presentation ceremony welcomes the infants and parents into our parish community.

It is held during our 11am Sunday Mass a couple of weeks before your baby’s Baptism.

The baby is blessed with the Oil of Catechumens by the priest and presented with a white stole and candle by a member of our parish community. The stole and candle will be used as part of the Baptism ceremony.

Our parish will pray for the babies and their families as they begin their journey as members of the Christian community.

Rite of Baptism

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Baptism is the first of the seven sacraments. At Baptism you become a Christian and join the family of God in the Catholic Church.

Baptisms are usually held on the last Sunday of each month, at 12.15pm in the Church of St Joan of Arc.

Parents and godparents are present at the Baptism ceremony and promise to take on the responsibility of forming the child in the ways of the Catholic faith. Family members, by their presence at this ceremony are invited to support the child in this journey.

The baby is baptised with the pouring of water and the words “I Baptise you, in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

The baby receives the white stole, to signify becoming a new creation in Christ.

Their Baptism candle is lit from the paschal candle, is given to the godparents with the words “Carry the light of Christ”, urging both parents and godparents to carry the light of Christ for the child and teach them, by example, how to live a good Christian life.

Godparents

Godparents play an important role in both the Baptism ceremony but also afterwards. It is their responsibility to support the parents as they nurture the life of faith in their child as they grow and develop.

It is customary, but not obligatory to have two godparents. One must be fully initiated into the Catholic Church, and be over 16 years of age. Other Christian sponsors may also be chosen.

 

Sacrament of Baptism St James & St Joan of Arc Parishes

Please contact the parish office for all baptism enquiries.