Baptism

Welcome to our parish and thank you for enquiring about your child's baptism and your desire to be part of our Parish community. The following information is intended to assist you in your preparation for the most important and joyful event of your child's Baptism. We encourage you to take some time to reflect on what baptism means to you, to consider what connection you would like to have with the Catholic Church and what faith connection you would like for your family through the Church.   
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SACRAMENTS

A Sacrament uses signs that we can sense to tell us something about God's love and care for us, and about how this is shared with us in the Church. Baptism is the way that we formally and faithfully welcome a person into oneness with Jesus Christ and therefore, with His family, His Body, the Church here on earth today. Baptism is the first of the seven Sacraments of our Catholic Church. The main signs that we use in the celebration of Baptism are blessed water and oil, a white garment and a candle lit from the Pascal/Easter candle of Christ. This is accompanied by words, scripture and the signing with the cross.

 

PARENTS

Parents (normally) are the people who present their child to the Church for Baptism. With infants and young children, the Church proceeds to offer the gift of Baptism based on the faith of their parents. This faith is affirmed during the Baptism ceremony. The parents and god-parents commit to living and practising the Christian faith in full, and to pass on this practice to the child through their words, deeds, values and way of life. Although very young children do not understand the importance of this sacrament, it is important that they have opportunities to learn what it means to be Christian, and that once baptised, they are part of the Church community.

 

GODPARENTS

Godparents are a vital part of every Baptism. They are people whom you choose to support you and your child on God's behalf. They are 'other parents', over the age of 16 years, who have been Baptised and Confirmed in the Catholic faith. There are usually two godparents, one of each gender, but there may be more if that is desired. Godparents are to be people who live the Christian faith within our Catholic tradition which is the tradition of faith into which your child will be Baptised. Please choose your godparents carefully as they will be with you, your family and your child for the rest of their lives. They will be active in supporting you and your child by friendship, word and example in living the gift of faith in Christ and His Gospel that Baptism celebrates and hands on.

 

NEXT STEPS

In preparation for your child's Baptism please complete the forms below; These forms are then to be returned to the parish office. Once received, our parish secretary will then arrange a date suitable to both you and the priest for your child's Baptism. Baptisms are held on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. An hour preparation session on the first Monday evening of that month is held with members of our parish and priest. Godparents are warmly welcomed to attend this meeting. Please take some time to discuss your responses with your partner. Consider not only the importance of Baptism, but each other's feelings and perspectives towards faith, and what connection to the Church you want for your family. Completing these questions will form the basis for a general discussion at the Baptismal preparation. Pleased be assured there are no right or wrong responses. May this experience draw you closer to Jesus and His way of living, and bind you more fully to His people, the Church.

Below are the forms that need to be completed. Please call the parish office Tuesday - Friday, 9.00am - 2.30pm to confirm the dates and then either scan and email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), post or bring the forms to the parish office.

Baptismal Information    Mothers Please put your Maiden name not married name.

Family Law  This form must be signed by both parents.

Father   This form is to be brought to the preparation session.

Mother  This form is to be brought to the prepration session.

Contact Details

Parish Office Hours:

 

Tuesday - Friday

9.00am to 2.30pm

21 Beauvardia St

Cannon Hill

QLD 4170

  

Ph: 07 3899 2837

 

Churches:

 

St Oliver Plunkett Church

21 Beauvardia St

Cannon Hill Q 4170

 

Church of the Holy Family

41 Belmont Rd

(Enter via 56 Palgrave St)

Tingalpa QLD 4173

 

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