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Baptism

Baptism

Baptism: The First of Many Sacraments

Welcome to St Paul Apostle Parish, and the celebration of this First Sacrament with your new child.  We hope you find support, friendship and faith with us over the coming years.

Baptism is a family affair. In Baptism, children begin their Initiation into the Church, their new family. We prepare families to celebrate Baptism at St Paul Apostle Parish. The Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist introduce us into the faith of our Christian Community. 

If you wish to have your child baptised, we ask you to firstly speak to one of our priests after Mass about your wishes.  

 

 

 

 

Baptism Preparation
Parents are required to attend a preparation session.  Along with the parents, it is good if the godparents can attend the preparation session. This is a time when we will help you focus on this first Sacrament you are presenting your child for.  You will have the opportunity to:

·         meet other parents presenting their children for baptism

·         share your hopes and dreams for your child and family;

·         discover what will happen at the Baptism.

·         Learn a little more about our parish family and the ways you can be more involved.

The preparation will go over the ceremony in full and help you to understand the symbols used in Baptism and your part in the ceremony. It also gives you the chance to ask any questions you may have. At this Session, you will be given a Sacrament Stole and directions on how to personalise it for your child.  Preparation sessions are held on the 3rd Sunday of the month in the Parish Office from 3.45-5.00pm. 

Godparents

At least one godparent must be a Confirmed Catholic.  The others at least should be Baptised Christians. Godparents are chosen to help the parents. They are called to represent what ought to be the concern of the whole church that the baptised child be brought up in the ways of faith.  You should choose godparents whose way of life expresses Christian commitment and can inspire and strengthen your child. It is hoped that the relationship between the child and his/her godparents will be fostered, especially during the formative years of life. 

Rite of Welcome

On the last Sunday of the month before Baptism, the parents present their child to the Community at one of the Masses.  This is the Rite of Welcome and Blessing, the first part of the Baptism Ceremony. Please advise the Parish Office which Mass you will attend in advance. On the day, please go to the Sacristy 10 minutes before Mass and introduce yourself to the Priest. 

Celebration of Baptism

Baptisms are usually celebrated on the 1st and 2nd Sunday of the month at 12.30pm.  A link to the Baptism registration form is provided below.  Please contact the  Parish Office before choosing the Baptism date and completing the form, as we have a limited number for each Baptism service.  It is customary for the family to make an offering at the time of Baptism; -suggested donation is $50-$100 to be included with the Registration Form.

 

A Prayer for Your Child

God, who is both Father and Mother, 
bless our child who is a precious gift of life from you, 
given into our care.

Bless her/him with peace.  

May he/she grow in a world of love, acceptance and affirmation.  
May he/she always remember that you call her/him by name 
and walk with her/him always.  

As the first teachers of our child, 
may we teach her/him about you, 
a God who is always loving and always a friend, 
about living in love and harmony with others, 
and about the care for our earth.  

Amen.
 

Sacramental Initiation of Children 

Children are initiated into the Catholic Community through several steps or sacraments over a period of 12-13 years. From the time of Baptism, children are influenced by the lived faith and life of their parents, and their practice of personal and family prayer, together with their participation in the sacramental, liturgical and social of the parish community. The parish supports this with a Family Based Sacrament Program. Children are presented to the Community at a Sunday Mass, when they Register for the Sacrament. They are given their work materials for home use, then come together with other Children for a Workshop Day at the parish. 
 

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