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Sts Peter and Paul’s offers instruction all year round for adults wishing to be baptised. Adult baptisms generally occur at the Easter Vigil Mass, but they can also be arranged at other times.


Most infant baptisms at Sts Peter and Paul's are private ceremonies, generally celebrated outside of Mass.

As a pastoral note, it's best not to coincide your child's baptism celebration with their birthday celebration, to conflate the two occasions together. Baptism, as a new birth into the divine life of God, should be celebrated separately on it's own right. As St Paul exclaims: 'So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!' (2 Cor 5:17).


Parents, and if also possible godparents, are required to attend an information sessions, which are run every 1st Monday of the month at 10am, at the presbytery. It is highly recommended that both parents make it, in order to adequately prepare for one of their child's most important days together. If not, then one parent is ok, but not recommended.


Parents, and again if possible godparents, are also required to attend a Presentation Mass, which happens at every 2nd Sunday 10am Mass of the month. Your child will be welcomed by the parish community, along with all the other children who will be baptised in the following weeks. 


The ceremony for an infant baptism is about 30 minutes long. Baptisms may be booked for the following day and times:

Saturdays, 11am or 12 noon.

Baptisms may be celebrated at other times, subject to the church’s availability. Except for Sundays, since that is usually our busiest days of the week.

Every baptised child must be given 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/outreach, etc. 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 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.



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.

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