Baptism of Infants

Holy 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 freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission:

"Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word."

Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 1213

Since its earliest days, the Catholic Church has baptised infants (children younger than five) into the life of Christ. Below you will find information about the various steps that lead towards the Baptism of your child. It is recommended that Baptism be celebrated within several months of the birth of your child.

Baptism Request

The first step in seeking to have your child baptised is to contact the parish office. At least two months notice is required. Please contact the office on 03 93861224 or at [email protected]

Baptism Times

Baptisms in our parish are usually held at 12 noon on the first Sunday of the month, depending on necessity. As Baptism is a community celebration, and a welcome into the Catholic Church, they are celebrated with other families (usually no more than four families at one celebration). For this reason, ‘private baptisms’ are not celebrated.

Baptism Preparation Seminar

Parents are required to attend a Baptism Preparation Seminar, held at 11am on Saturday morning, each two months. Attendance is compulsory.

The preparation morning includes: welcome of families, catechesis on the meaning of the Sacrament of Baptism, and guided discussion during which any questions about the Baptism can be raised.

The Seminar runs for about 45 minutes.

Baptism Presentation Mass

Since Baptism is an initiation into the life of the Church as well as the life of God, it is important that parents attend a Baptism Presentation Mass, during which their child is made known to the parish.

These Masses are held at 11am in the weeks preceding Baptism. The date will be advised to you.

The family of the Baptism candidate is invited to the altar, introduced to the parish community and presented with a Baptism candle or use at your child's Baptism.

Baptism Day

Baptismal Certificate - presented at the Baptism.

Candle - A candle is required for the ceremony. Please bring the candle that was presented to you at the Presentation Mass.

Seating arrangements - Families are invited to sit together in the Church. When there are several Baptisms, each family group usually occupies one section of seating. The priest will direct families if there is any change to this arrangement.

Other Important Information

Baptism Offering - It is customary for a donation to be made to the celebrant of the Baptism. This is the only cost associated with the Baptism. The suggested donation is $80-$100. The offering envelope is given to families at the preparation session.

Godparents - A Godparent is a “sponsor”, therefore should be a member of the organization which the child is joining. The Godparents’ role is to support the child in the development of the Catholic faith. All Godparents should be baptized in a Christian denomination and be aged 16 years and over. At least one Godparent must be Catholic who has received the Sacrament of Confirmation. It is most desirable and appropriate that Catholic Godparents be people who attend Mass regularly. Godparents are encouraged to attend the presentation Mass.

Living outside the Parish - If you live outside our parish, you will need to get a letter from your local parish priest (contact his parish office) advising his approval for the baptism to take place at St Fidelis. For further guidance, please call our Parish Office.

For school-aged children, a program of catechesis will be offered prior to their baptism. Please contact the Parish Office to enquire.

For adults who wish to be baptised into the Catholic Church, we offer the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program. Please call the Parish Office to enquire.