The Sacrament of Baptism is often called ‘The Door of the Church’, because it is the first of the seven Sacraments of the Church, not only in time, but also in priority. Once baptised, a person becomes a member of the Church. The reception of all other sacraments depends on it.
Baptism is also the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation, the other two being the Sacrament of Confirmation and the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
In our Parishes of Camberwell, Balwyn and Deepdene, we have three different ‘starting points’ and programs for people seeking Baptism.
- We welcome infants whose parents wish to bring them for Baptism. Like all initiations, this occurs over a staged process that involves a Parent Information Evening, a Rite of Reception ceremony and then the Rite of Baptism ceremony.
- We welcome school-age children who wish to be baptised. These children will prepare for their initiation into the Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC).
- We also welcome adults enquiring about Baptism. These adults will prepare for their initiation into the Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).
For more information about steps in the process, parish requirements and what to expect. Read more …
Baptism of school-aged children
For more information about the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC) – the steps in the process, parish requirements and what to expect. Read more …
For more information about the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) – the steps in the process, parish requirements and what to expect. Read more …
Sharon Freeman is our Pastoral Associate and Sacraments Coordinator for the Parishes of Deepdene & Balwyn and Camberwell. Sharon is the first point of contact for parents seeking Infant Baptism and/or for school-age children seeking Baptism.
T: 9816 9291 (Parish Office)
Lyn Kane is the contact person for adults interested in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.