Baptism at St. Brendan's

"Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other Sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons and daughters of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission..."   Catechism of the Catholic Church n. 1213

Baptism of children at St Brendan's is usually held on the 4th Sunday of each monthexcept August and December, which is held on the third Sunday, and usually not during January. Baptisms are held during one of the weekend Masses or at the Baptism Ceremony at 12:30pm. A child being Baptised during the ceremony is to be presented to the parish at a Mass prior to the Baptism.  

Parents, and if possible, Godparents, are asked to attend two preparation evenings. These are held at 7.30pm on the first and second Wednesday of the month (except January) in which your child/children will be Baptised. Godparents should be over sixteen years of age and at least one Godparent must be Catholic. 

Cost is $120 which includes cost of stole, candle, certificate.  

Bookings can be made by contacting the Parish office on 5821 2633 during office hours.                                (Tuesday to Friday 9am to 4pm). 

Adult Baptism: Adults who wish to be Baptised and be received into the Catholic faith need to enrol for a process of preparation which includes stages of inquiry, education and spiritual preparation and the celebration of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Any adult interested in finding out more about this process can contact the Parish office on 5821 2633 during office hours.

From the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

252. What names are given to the first Sacrament of initiation?

This sacrament is primarily called Baptism because of the central rite with which it is celebrated. To baptise means to “immerse” in water. The one who is baptised is immersed into the death of Christ and rises with him as a “new creature” (2 Corinthians 5:17). This sacrament is also called the “bath of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5); and it is called “enlightenment” because the baptised becomes “a son of light” (Ephesians 5:8). 

253. How is Baptism prefigured in the Old Covenant?

In the Old Covenant Baptism was pre-figured in various ways: water, seen as source of life and of death; in the Ark of Noah, which saved by means of water; in the passing through the Red Sea, which liberated Israel from Egyptian slavery; in the crossing of the Jordan River, that brought Israel into the promised land which is the image of eternal life. 

254. Who brought to fulfilment those prefigurations?

All the Old Covenant prefigurations find their fulfilment in Jesus Christ. At the beginning of his public life Jesus had himself baptised by John the Baptist in the Jordan. On the cross, blood and water, signs of Baptism and the Eucharist, flowed from his pierced side. After his Resurrection he gave to his apostles this mission: “Go forth and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). 

255. Starting when and to whom has the Church administered Baptism?

From the day of Pentecost, the Church has administered Baptism to anyone who believes in Jesus Christ.

257. Who can receive Baptism?

Every person not yet baptised is able to receive Baptism.

258. Why does the Church baptise infants?

The Church baptises infants because they are born with original sin. They need to be freed from the power of the Evil One and brought into that realm of freedom which belongs to the children of God.

261. Is Baptism necessary for salvation?

Baptism is necessary for salvation for all those to whom the Gospel has been proclaimed and who have had the possibility of asking for this sacrament. 

264. What is the meaning of the Christian name received at Baptism?

The name is important because God knows each of us by name, that is, in our uniqueness as persons. In Baptism a Christian receives his or her own name in the Church. It should preferably be the name of a saint who might offer the baptised a model of sanctity and an assurance of his or her intercession before God.