Catholic Parish of St Francis Xavier - St Clare

In the Franciscan tradition

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Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), 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 (CCC1213)
 See Vatican website - Click here
Our community welcomes your child for baptism. Baptism is an important first step in your child’s faith journey. Baptisms are conducted at:
.  St Francis Xavier’s Church on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 11:30am and
.  St Clare’s Church on the 2nd Sunday during 9:30am Mass. 
There are no Baptisms in January.

Bookings for either church can be made with the SFX Parish Office. Please call the SFX Parish Office to book.

Prior to your child’s baptism, you will be requested to attend a Presentation Mass followed by a Baptism Preparation Session. These are conducted every 2nd Sunday of each month at 10:00am Mass at St Francis Xavier’s Church. 

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. More information is available at the Catechumenate Office Website - Click here
If you would like to learn more about the Sacrament of Baptism or RCIA, you may also wish to visit:

.  Catholic Australia - Click here
.  Australian Catholic Education - Click here
.  Catholic Australia website about Baptism - Click here