BAPTISM

BAPTISM IN OUR CHURCH

Baptisms at Sts Peter & Pauls are parish-based. They are celebrated for those worshipping regularly at our church and/or those living in the parish.

 

It is an iconic church building and so others sometime desire to use the church for their baptism celebration. This can be possible on some Sundays at 11.15am (other than the first Sunday of the month) if you bring your own priest or deacon. Please contact the parish office to find out more information in regards to this.
 

BOOKING A BAPTISM

To begin, fill out the form on this page, or email stspeterandpauls@gmail.com
 

Once the initial enquiry is made we'll send you additional information.

ADULT BAPTISMS

Sts Peter and Paul’s offers instruction for adults wishing to be baptised. Adult baptisms generally occur at the Easter Vigil Mass.

INFANT BAPTISMS

Infant baptisms at Sts Peter and Paul's are communal celebrations (up to three families together) on the first Sunday of each month either during the 10am Sunday Mass or after the Mass at 11.15am.


PREPARATION

If it is the baptism of their first child, the parents and godparents are required to attend a baptism instruction session on the Rite of Baptism. You will be contacted to arrange a time.

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BAPTISM ENQUIRY FORM

BAPTISM TIMES
Baptisms may be booked for the following day and times:

1st Sunday of each month either during the 10am Sunday Mass or after the Mass at 11.15am.

GODPARENTS
Every baptised child must have at least one godparent. A godparent's role is to support the child in the development of the Catholic faith. He or she is responsible for teaching and setting a good and holy example for the child on how to live the Catholic faith. Therefore, at least one godparent must be a Catholic who has been baptised and confirmed, and ideally currently practising, i.e. regularly attending Mass and receiving the other sacraments, involved in a Catholic community. Non-Catholic Christians who serve as an important support to the faith life of the child may be considered as Christian witnesses. Regardless, at least one godparent must be Catholic. If a godparent is not able to be present at the baptism for whatever reason, then someone else may stand in as a proxy witness during the ceremony.

ON THE DAY OF THE BAPTISM
CANDLE

On the day of baptism, the parents usually provide a special baptism candle, which is sometimes decorated with the name of the child and the date of baptism. The candle signifies the light of faith which will illumine the child throughout his or her life.

 

WHITE GARMENT

After baptism, the child is clothed in a white garment to signify spiritual purification. Many families have a baptismal garment heirloom, which is used generation after generation. Alternatively, some families provide a baptismal stole, unique to the occasion.