This sacrament is primarily called baptism because of the central rite with which it is celebrated. To baptise means to "immerse" in water. (the word 'Baptism' comes from a Greek word that means to 'plunge' or 'immerse'). So for anyone who is in Christ, there is a new creation: the old order is gone and a new being is there to see. (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Who can be baptised?
Only someone who has never been baptised can be baptised. A person who has been baptised in another Church or Christian Denomination with a valid baptism is never to be re-baptised. If there is doubt about a valid baptism, then the person can be conditionally baptised. For adults, see Canon 865.1, for requirements and Canon 865.2 for danger of death.
Parents Requirements / Responsibility
The role of the godparent or sponsor at the baptism of a child is to join with the parents in presenting the child and to be a help and support to the child in growing in faith and living the Christian life.
They stand with the parents and proclaim their faith on behalf of the child. Only one Godparent is required but you may have two.
Baptism of Older Children
Those children who have attained the age of reason, that is approximately seven years of age, can follow the program established by the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children.
How is Baptism given?
At a Baptism, the priest pours water on the persons head, saying, "I baptise you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."
Baptism Program at St Luke's Parish
Please contact our parish office and express your desire to have your child baptized two months before the baptism at least.
•Open yourself to the invitation to actively join the faith community of your parish. If you are not registered parishioners, please consider becoming involved in the prayer and celebration of the Sunday Eucharistic community.
To make an appointment to meet with the Parish Priest. At this meeting the Priest will get you to complete a Baptism Information form.
He will then advise you of the requirements for Baptism, being that you:
* attend one of our Baptism Preparation classes held every 2st & 4 rd Thursday of the month.
* attend the 11.30am Parish Mass on the last Sunday of the month prior to the Baptism, where we will present and welcome the child in the catholic faith.
Baptisms are available most Saturdays of the year, providing there is availability of the church and the priests. Baptisms on Sundays are only available on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, again providing there is availability of the Church etc.