Baptism is a sacrament of incorporation into the Church. Together with the other Sacraments of Initiation, (Confirmation and Eucharist), Baptism gives the grace needed to become disciples of Christ. In the celebration of the sacrament, the Church is following Jesus’ command to go and baptise in his name.
In Baptism the Church passes from the death of sin into new life with the risen Christ. By water and the Holy Spirit, Baptism imprints a special character on the soul.
The celebration of the Sacrament includes a number of ritual actions. Central is the immersion in water (or the pouring of water on the head) as the ancient formula of the Trinity is invoked: I baptise you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. The rite includes two separate anointings and the presentation of the baptismal candle, the light of Christ. A white garment is worn, symbolising new life in Christ.
Baptisms at St Agatha’s are celebrated on the 3rd and 4th Sundays of each month. To book your child in to be baptised and for any further information, please contact the Parish Office 3262 2859.
Godparent/s: Godparent/s need to be at least 16 years old, a Catholic who has been Confirmed, received Communion and who lives a life of faith, (not the child’s parent). If you wish to have more than one Godparent, at least one must be a Catholic.
Parents will be required to attend a Baptism preparation which occurs on the first Sunday of each month (please note the date may vary from time to time). This can be arranged at the time of booking. There is an admin fee of $50 payable prior to the baptism.