About Baptism

Baptism is the heart of Christianity and the heart of Christian living.

Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Holy Spirit.

Baptism is our incorporation into Christ’s Pascal Mystery, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life (Rom, 6:4)

What does Scripture say? As Jesus was leaving this Earth, he commanded his disciples, saying: “Go! And make disciples of all nations, baptising them, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, even unto the end of the age.” Mt 28: 19-20

Infants and small children

Baptism in our church takes place by appointment on the last Saturday of the month at 3pm in Saint Francis Xavier Church.

1. Parents/guardians will be invited to:

  • Fill out the baptism application form (online, below)
  • Provide the birth certificate of the child
  • Return the above to the parish office, by email or by post
  • Name the godparents, who must be baptised, confirmed and over eighteen years of age

2. The parish secretary will contact you:

  • To confirm the date and time of the ceremony in the church
  • To give you two dates to prepare for this important step in your Christian life

First meeting — time to be arranged

Reflection on the baptismal promises. Godparents are welcome to join this preparation.

Second meeting — the Sunday before the baptism ceremony after 11am Mass

There is a presentation on the symbols and gestures of baptism, and practical arrangements.

Children over eight

In addition to the requirements listed above, school children will be invited to an initiation on what it means to be baptised and to live a Christian life.

Teenagers and adults

There is no limit to the age for being baptised. All are welcome to enquire and start their initiation. For teenagers and adults, there are stages on the path that require time.

Children over twelve and adults, after filling out the form, should contact the parish secretary for an appointment with the parish priest and the baptism team leader.