Celebrating baptism is a joy not only for the child’s parents and siblings, but for the whole parish. Baptism makes a person a member of God’s family, the Church, and sets them on the path of following Christ. Normally people are baptised in the parish where they live.
In the parish of Sts Peter and Paul, we schedule the Celebration of Baptism on scheduled Sundays at 9.30 am. Tea and coffee are served after the 8 am Mass and the family and friends of those to be baptised are invited to join in with the parish. On that weekend, at the Saturday evening or Sunday morning Mass, the whole parish community will acknowledge and welcome the children to be baptised by signing them with the cross.
The Sunday before the baptism day parents and godparents take part in a baptism preparation session in the parish hall after Mass on Sunday (from 9 am until 10 am). This is an opportunity to meet the families who will be celebrating the baptism together the following Sunday, to prepare the liturgy, and to reflect on the responsibilities it entails.
Towards the end of each year, we have a special blessing at Sunday Mass for all those baptised in the parish in the previous twelve months.
Christian parents are assisted in their religious duties by one or more godparents. At least one godparent must be a confirmed Catholic and all godparents must be baptised Christians.
To arrange a baptism, parishioners are invited to contact the parish office.