Infant Baptism Information
Like all initiation, the Baptism of infants takes place over a staged process. At our parishes there are three key steps.
Step 1: Baptism Preparation Evening
Parent(s) attend a preparation evening prior to the Rite of Reception. This evening occurs at the end of each month. The preparation evening offers parents the opportunity to gain a better understanding of Baptism as a stage in the journey of faith of their child. In addition to this, the evening provides the chance to ask questions about Baptism.
Step 2: Rite of Reception
Please note, the Rite of Reception is not taking place at this time due to the current COVID-19 restrictions for places of worship.
The Rite of Reception involves the presentation of infants to the parish community. In this way, parent(s) are signalling their intention to bring a new member into the community and asking the community to pray for and support the new baby as he or she begins life as a Christian member of the community.
Parent(s) will be asked to bring their child to any of the weekend Masses during the first Sunday of the month:
- Sunday 9.00 am at All Hallows Church Balwyn
- Saturday 5.30 pm or Sunday 10.30 am or 5.00 pm at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church
- Saturday 6.00 pm or Sunday 10.00 am at Our Lady of Victories Basilica.
At the beginning of the Mass, the parent(s) will be asked:
What name have you given your child?
What do you ask of God’s Church for your child?
Then the child will be signed with the sign of the cross by his or her family members and by members of the community.
Step 3: Rite of Baptism
The parent(s) will be provided with a booklet at the Parent Information Evening that explains the symbols, prayers and actions of the ceremony.
Scheduling Baptism Ceremonies
Stage 4 restrictions currently apply
Due to the increase in active cases of COVID-19, Stage 4 restrictions currently apply for people living in metropolitan Melbourne. During this time your parish will continue to be here for you. Please note, Baptisms will not take place at this time due to the current restrictions for places of worship. If you wish to discuss or have any questions, please do not hesitate to make contact with us.
Role of Godparents
While godparents are welcome but not required to attend the Rite of Reception, they play a significant role in the Rite of Baptism. The role of godparents is to nurture the faith life of their godchildren. They should be a Christian witness to their godchild in the way they live their lives.
Godparents are generally over 16 years of age and should be fully initiated into the Catholic Church. It is customary to select two godparents, but only one is required for baptism. Other Christian sponsors may be chosen alongside the godparent(s).
If your child is three years old or more, contact Sharon Freeman, our Sacraments Coordinator, to discuss the process for Baptism.
T: 9816 9291 (Parish Office)
If you are seeking Baptism for a school-aged child, refer to our RCIC Program. Read more …
Anyone outside the Parish boundaries should make contact with their local Parish Priest and follow the local custom of the Parish, or provide a letter from their Parish Priest giving permission for this sacrament to occur at within the Parishes of Camberwell, Balwyn and Deepdene.
Growing in Faith. As your child grows and develops, we would like to support you in their faith development. When it comes time for further Sacraments of Initiation (Communion and Confirmation), you will have the opportunity to enrol your children in the programs and liturgical celebrations designed to support them in their growth in faith.
If you require further information, contact our Sacraments Coordinator, Sharon Freeman, at the Parish Office on 9816 9291 or at email@example.com.
If you are ready to present your child for Baptism, please contact us to discuss arrangements due to the current COVID-19 restrictions for places of worship.