Baptism: The Sacrament of salvation and the entrance into God's family

The Sacrament of Baptism is primarily about the salvation of souls. It is also about being adopted into God's family, the Church. Baptisms used to begin at the entrance of churches, because this Sacrament truly is the door through which we enter God's Kingdom.

Sacred Heart parish normally has baptisms on the last Sunday of each month, during 9:30am Mass. The community wishes to warmly welcome the newly baptised and their families into the parish. There will be a preparation meeting with the parish priest in the month leading up to the baptism. Please speak to the parish office or to the parish priest if having the baptism outside of Mass seems more appropriate. Click here if you would like to order a baptism candle.

By bringing your child for Baptism, or by presenting yourself for Baptism, we take seriously your desire for you or your child to grow in the Catholic faith. Your child will depend on you and your participation in the life of faith. They will also depend on their Godparents. As an outpost of the world-wide faith community, Sacred Heart parish community welcomes the newly baptised warmly. We see ourselves as an extended family where you and your family can feel welcomed supported and loved. So, Baptism is about belonging, not just for your child but for your whole family. To belong to the Catholic Church means first and foremost being washed in Christian baptism, and then coming to Mass on Sunday, and then striving to live the moral life of faith in the world.

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Click here to look at the Church's official teaching about Christian Baptism.

Choosing God Parents

These are the guidelines for choosing God Parents according to the Roman Catholic Tradition:

  • The Godparent needs be a Roman Catholic as he/she represents the Catholic Community
  • The Godparent needs to have received the Sacrament of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation
  • Only one Godparent is necessary and no more than two is the norm.
  • The Godparent cannot be the parent of the child
  • The Godparent must be at least 16 years of age unless a dispensation is given by the Local Bishop or the Parish Priest.
  • A baptised person who belongs to a non-catholic ecclesial community may be admitted only in company with a Catholic Godparent, and simply as a witness to the baptism.
  • The Godparent must be willing to take on the responsibility and sacred duty of regularly praying for the child and making sure the child grows in their relationship with God, and learns about the Catholic faith and Tradition. This promise is made before God and must not be entered into lightly.

Please consider carefully the person you choose as a Godparent

Baptism Parent information meeting

Both parents are invited to attend one preparation meeting usually* on the second Thursday of the month at our Parish Office. The session is at 5 PM with Fr Trevor, and both parents must attend this meeting. It is also good if one or more Godparents come along.

The dates are as follows:

  • Thursday 14 March, 5pm
  • Thursday 11 April, 5 pm
  • Thursday 9 May, 5 pm
    • Thursday 20 June, 5pm (third Thursday of the month)
  • Thursday 11 July, 5pm
  • Thursday 8 August, 5pm
  • Thursday 12 September, 5pm
  • Wednesday 9 October, 5pm
  • Thursday 7 November, 5pm
  • Thursday 12 December, 5pm

Please submit your Baptism application through our parish office. For the Baptism parent information meeting payment can be made through our office, through the QR code below (reference name and baptism), or in person on the evening.

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Michele Agustin Guarino
Contact Us: 98536701