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 2019 baptismal dates are as below. Availability is subject to prior bookings and our waiting list. Please allow a minimum of 4-6 weeks for us to accommodate your baptism.
Due to other Sacraments in June and October, baptisms will be held on Sunday 30th June, Sunday 13th October, Sunday 8th December as the last 2019 date available.
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.
The baptismal dates for 2019 are:
Sunday May 26th
Sunday June 30th
Sunday July 28th
Sunday August 25th
Sunday September 22nd
Sunday October 13th (due to the Sacrament of Confirmation on October 28th)
Sunday November 24th
Sunday December 8th
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 is an administration fee of $20.00 to do so if you do not regularly attend at our Parish which can be paid via credit card or cash at our Parish Office during business hours.
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.
For further information on choosing your godparents – CHOOSING A GODPARENT.
From Fr. Benneth & the St. Anne’s Baptismal Team