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.
The fee for the Sacrament of Baptism is $120.00 per child which includes a stole for the ceremony. A stole is required to be worn for the Sacrament, however if you have your own already please advise our Baptismal Coordinator and the fee will be adjusted accordingly.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be an administration fee to do so if you do not regularly attend at our Parish.
Symbols of Baptism
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.
Are a sign of sealing with the gifts of the Holy Spirit to confer the strength and power of the Holy Spirit.
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.
NB: There are some weekends when baptisms do not occur due to the parish calendar. These include Sundays which are reserved for First Eucharist Masses, Palm Sunday, Christmas Day, Confirmation Masses and Easter Sunday, parish celebration Masses, etc. Consequently it is best not to arrange a baptism without having this information at hand.
This year we will celebrate the Sacraments of Confirmation on Sunday 28th October, and therefore this date will not be available for baptisms.
For further information on choosing your godparents – CHOOSING A GODPARENT.
From Fr. Benneth & the St. Anne’s Baptismal Team