The sacrament of Baptism, the gateway to the Sacraments and necessary for salvation by actual reception or at least by desire, is validly conferred only by a washing of true water with the proper form of words.
Through Baptism men and women are freed from sin, are reborn as Children of God, and, configured to Christ by an indelible character, are incorporated into the Church. (Can. 849).
Baptism is birth into the new life in Christ. In accordance with the Lord’s will, it is necessary for salvation, as is the Church herself, which we enter by Baptism. The essential rite of Baptism consists in immersing the candidate in water or pouring water on his/her head, while pronouncing the invocation of the Most Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
As parents, you have already given your child the gift of life and you nurture that gift by the love you give to your child. In asking to have your child Baptised you are expressing your wish to share your Christian faith with your child.
The parents of a child being Baptised are called to prepare for Baptism by:
† Renewing their commitment to Christ,
† Resolving to share their faith with their child, and
† Showing this by living the faith.
The Sacrament of Baptism at our Parish has three core components:
† The Baptism Preparation Session.
† The Baptism Welcoming / Presentation at weekend Mass.
† The Baptism Ceremony.
The Baptism Preparation Session.
This is the initial component and takes place on the first Sunday of each month (bookings essential). The session runs for approximately 40-60 mins. During this session, you will meet up with the other families who will be celebrating their child’s Baptism. You will also have an opportunity to explore the beautiful rituals and rich symbolism that make up the Sacrament of Baptism.
Our Pastoral Associate will walk you through the actual Baptism ceremony.
You will also be given the chance to ask any questions that you may have, during this session.
The Welcoming / Presentation at Mass.
As Baptism is the welcoming of your child into the Catholic faith, we at
St Mark’s Parish believe that there is no better way to welcome your child into our Parish family than to invite you to join us for Mass at the Saturday Vigil 6:00pm Mass or Sunday 9:00am or 6:00pm Masses, the weekend of second Sunday of the month before your child’s Baptism.
During the mass, the Priest will invite you to come to the front of the church and will present your child to the congregation.
The Baptism Ceremony.
The ceremony takes place at 10:30am on the first and third Sunday of each month. During Eastertide Baptisms can be celebrated every Sunday. During Lent, no Baptisms are celebrated. Your family and friends will gather around your child and the godparents and be invited to participate in the ceremony by joining in with the responses in the Baptism.
The ceremony itself is about an hour, depending on the number of children being Baptised at the same time, there is a limit of the number of children at each Baptism ceremony.
Godparents assist the parents in bringing up the child in the faith and represent the wider Church community. Therefore, godparents should:
† Be mature enough to accept this responsibility;
† Be fully initiated Catholic Christians, age 16 or above
† Be members of the Catholic Church (though a believing Christian from another church may be a godparent along with one Catholic godparent).
† Traditionally two Godparents are required more than this they are witnesses.
How to register your child to be Baptised at St Mark’s:
If you live within our parish boundary: If you would like to have your child or children Baptised at St Mark’s Catholic Church Drummoyne, and you live within our parish boundaries please complete the Request for Baptism Application and return to our Pastoral Associate at email@example.com
If you do not live within our parish boundary: If you would like to have your child Baptised at St Mark’s Catholic Church, Drummoyne, and you do not live within our Parish boundaries, you are required to obtain permission from your local Parish Priest to Baptise your child outside your Parish.
Please complete the Request for Baptism Application and ask your Priest to complete the Permission to Baptise outside your parish and return both forms to our Pastoral Associate at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please feel free to contact our Parish Office if you have any questions or require any further information. Please note we are not able to hold dates or confirm any arrangements until a Request for Baptism Application has been completed and returned. Thank you for your understanding.