Parish Baptismal Policy

Sacrament of Baptism

Baptism is the first of the Sacraments of Initiation. It is a celebration of belonging to your local Parish Faith community and through it to the wider church.

If you wish to request a Permission letter to have your child baptised in another parish please complete the Permission form and return to the office via the Parish Secretary – stannesparish@gmail.com. We will then prepare your letter and forward to the relevant Parish Priest.

 

Symbols of Baptism

The Water

This is for cleansing and is a sign that our sins are washed away. Baptism cleanses us of original sin with which we are all born, and in the baptism is a sign of being cleansed.

The White Garment

This garment, or stole, is a relic of the new clothes worn by Christians after baptism in the first centuries.  It is a sign of innocence and the new life of resurrection.

The Oils

Are a sign of sealing with the gifts of the Holy Spirit to confer the strength and power of the Holy Spirit.

The Candle

The candle is to symbolise Christ who is the light of the world.  The baptism candle reminds us that the light of Christ has entered the child’s life, and its flame of faith which will burn through the life of the child.

The Sign of the Cross

To show that the baby belongs to Christ who now offers his help and grace to face and overcome the sufferings of life.
 
 

Baptism Preparation Sessions

These occur on the 1st Saturday of each month (except January) at our Church beginning at 9.45am.  You do not need to make a booking for these meetings.

You are also required to attend a ‘Welcome Mass’ before the baptism can occur.  Baptism occurs after Mass on the 2nd and the 4th Sunday at 11.30am unless otherwise stipulated by the Parish Baptismal Team.  You may get an application for Baptism form along with your Welcome Mass Application at your meeting from our Baptismal Coordinator. This needs to be returned to, and confirmed by our Coordinator.

This usually takes about six weeks after the initial information session but it can take longer depending on the parish calendar.

Baptism Preparation Sessions for Older Children

Adult Sacramental Preparation Sessions for Baptism of Older Children – (aged 7-12)

It will be necessary for parent/s to attend an Adult Faith Education Session in preparation for their child’s Baptism.

You are also required to attend a ‘Welcome Mass’ before the baptism can occur.  You will need to complete our Welcome Mass Request Form and confirm your date with our Baptismal Coordinator.

Our Baptism Coordinator will work with parents to arrange the baptism of their child/children in the October – December period for 2018.  You may use our online APPLICATION FOR BAPTISM OLDER CHILDREN form, this needs to be returned to, and confirmed by, our Baptismal Coordinator.

Time: 9.45am – 11.00am
Date: Saturday 6th October

NB: There are some weekends when baptisms do not occur due to the parish calendar. These include Sundays which are reserved for 1st Eucharist Masses, Palm Sunday, Christmas Day, Confirmation Masses and Easter Sunday, parish celebration Masses, etc. Consequently it is best not to arrange a baptism with having this information at hand.

For further information on choosing your godparents – CHOOSING A GODPARENT.

Fr. Benneth & the St. Anne’s Baptismal Team

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