Baptism is the first sacrament of Christian initiation. For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey with Christ. The new Christian begins an entirely new life and is called to put aside the old self. Through Baptism we are freed from the darkness of our world. We become sons and daughters of God and are embraced into the family of the Church. Catholic families are encouraged to baptise their children soon after birth, however sometimes people are baptised later, or even as adults. Whether we are baptised as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church’s way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.
Reception – for those already baptised in another denomination
Baptism is celebrated only once in a person’s life. If a baptised Christian from another denomination wishes to become a Catholic, he or she is not re-baptised but rather is received into communion with the Catholic Church through a simple ceremony of commitment, followed by the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. Please see Adult Sacramental Program here [link] or call our Parish Office to discuss.
At our Parish of St Agatha there are three steps in the celebration of Infant Baptism.
- A compulsory information session with the priest beforehand. This can even be arranged before the birth of your child if you are expecting. You will need to complete the form below and meet with a priest.
- A Presentation of your child at one of the Sunday Masses where they are welcomed by the parish community. You need to have attended the information session to be included in this step.
- The Baptism – Which is held either at one of the Sunday Masses or on a mutually suitable time at outside of Mass. You can choose which option suits best when you enrol.
Enrolment / Further Information
To enrol your child for Baptism, please complete the online Infant Baptism enrolment form below. You will then receive an email from the Parish Secretary to confirm the time and arrangements. Should you wish to speak with someone please call 02 9484 1427.
Infant Baptismal form
Child’s Godparent(s) – one must be a Catholic; everyone must be baptised.
A donation of $50 at the time of Baptism would be very much appreciated.