Baptism is the first of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church, and it marks the beginning of a person’s journey in to faith with God. It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation.
Baptism of a Child
At Holy Family Parish, the baptismal preparation program for a child is in two parts:
- Participation in Baptism Preparation. Please contact the Parish Office to book into the preparation course. This is essential. Please note: that Baptismal Preparation is one meeting with Father.
- The Celebration of Baptism then takes place on a Saturday, at 11 am. Please note we only have individual baptisms, so if there is a specific date you have in mind, it is beneficial to book in advance, so that you will secure the date.
If this is not your first child to be baptised and you have already completed a baptismal preparation programme than you are not required to participate in another programme. You will need only to take part in the Baptismal step 2 as out lined above. Please book directly with the Parish Office to organise a date for Baptism.
If Holy Family is not your usual place of worship, we recommend you contact your local parish (look under “C” for Catholic in the white pages of the ‘business’ phone book). Baptism is an important way of making a connection with your local parish and priest, and the future support your local community offers. This is especially important if you will be looking to send your child to the local Catholic school. If you already belong to another parish, then the baptism should take place there.
If you have a child who is over 7 years of age and you would like for them to be baptised, please contact the Parish Office, on (09) 834 6677 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Baptism of an Adult
Majority of Catholics are baptised into membership of the Church as a baby or child and grow up in an environment where the Church is always part of their lives.
Some people, however, are moved by the Holy Spirit to consciously and freely seek Baptism later in their life journey.
During the first centuries, the growth of the Church came very largely through the Baptism of adults. In recent years, the Church has returned to many of these first-century ceremonies for welcoming adults who seek baptism into the life of Christ.
If you are interested in becoming a Catholic, please contact the Parish Office.