Baptism In Our Church
Baptisms at Sts Peter & Paul’s are parish-based. They are celebrated for those worshipping regularly at our church and/or those living in the parish. Please speak to Fr Gary after the Mass to begin organising your child’s baptism.
(It is an iconic church building and so others not from the parish sometime desire to use the church for their baptism celebration. This can be possible if you arrange to bring your own priest or deacon. Times available are on some Saturdays and Sundays at 1.30pm. Please contact the parish office to find out more information in regards to this).
Infant baptisms at Sts Peter and Paul’s are communal celebrations (up to three families together) on Saturday and Sunday depending on availability of the Church.
Sts Peter and Paul’s offers instruction for adults wishing to be baptised. Adult baptisms generally occur at the Easter Vigil Mass.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you are from the parish speak to Fr Gary to organise the time with him; if you are bringing your own priest/deacon the available times are 1.30pm Saturday or Sunday – depending on availability.
If it is the baptism of their first child, the parents and godparents are required to attend a baptism instruction session on the Rite of Baptism. You will be contacted to arrange a time.
Every baptised child must have at least one godparent. A godparent’s role is to support the child in the development of the Catholic faith. He or she is responsible for teaching and setting a good and holy example for the child on how to live the Catholic faith. Therefore, at least one godparent must be a Catholic who has been baptised and confirmed, and ideally currently practising, i.e. regularly attending Mass and receiving the other sacraments, involved in a Catholic community. Non-Catholic Christians who serve as an important support to the faith life of the child may be considered as Christian witnesses. Regardless, at least one godparent must be Catholic. If a godparent is not able to be present at the baptism for whatever reason, then someone else may stand in as a proxy witness during the ceremony.
On the day of baptism, the parents usually provide a special baptism candle, which is sometimes decorated with the name of the child and the date of baptism. The candle signifies the light of faith which will illumine the child throughout his or her life.
After baptism, the child is clothed in a white garment to signify spiritual purification. Many families have a baptismal garment heirloom, which is used generation after generation. Alternatively, some families provide a baptismal stole, unique to the occasion.