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Parish Baptismal Policy

Sacrament of Baptism

Currently, the parish is unable to schedule baptismal celebrations.  Although we have a large waiting list, we encourage you to register your interest below for a date during 2021 and all registered families will be contacted as soon as we can accommodate you.

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.

You may fill out and return the Application for Baptism to our office.   Normally we allow a minimum of 4-6 weeks to accommodate your baptism as availability is subject to prior bookings and our waiting list.  Once the current lockdowns are over, we will try to schedule more frequent dates to catch up with those currently on our waiting list.

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 Parish Office.  There is an administration fee of $20.00 to do so if you do not regularly attend at our Parish.   The permission form and a credit card slip may be emailed to the Parish Office via  Alternatively this can be paid via cash at our Parish Office during business hours.


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.

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

From the St. Anne’s Baptismal Team

Baptism Preparation Sessions

The parish is not holding our regular preparation sessions but will advise soon as to alternative arrangements for these meetings.

Sacrament of Baptism/Preparation Sessions for Older Children (aged 7-12)

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are not holding our regular preparation sessions.  We will advise soon as to alternative arrangements for these meetings.

If you wish to enrol your older child/ren for baptism please complete the enrolment form as above.  


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