THE SACRAMENT OF
Baptism is the first of the Seven Catholic Sacraments, it is a way of welcoming the person into the family of God. In this Sacrament the person will "unlock" access to the other Catholic Sacraments, they will receive the light of Christ, both as a symbol and spiritual gift to guide them on the path Christ has set before them, and lastly will be given "new life" in Christ.
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EPISODE 36 OF THE THREE MINUTE CATECHISM SERIES USED WITH PERMISSION FROM KATHMEDIA 2018.
Baptisms have recommenced in our parish, however there are restrictions on the number of attendees permitted in our church. Please call the parish office to make a booking.
WHEN ARE BAPTISMS HELD?
In our parish of St Gregory’s Baptisms are held on most Sundays in at St Raphael’s Church in Queanbeyan at 10.30am. When necessary, up to 4 baptisms may be celebrated together. To book a baptism, you need to contact the parish office via the button below. Dates can fill quickly and the date you would like may not always be available.
DURING COVID 19 there are restrictions on the number of people allowed in our church. It is necessary to provide the parish with a list of your guests at the baptism, this list will used as a sign in list on the morning of the baptism.
If this is your first child to be Baptised, or if you haven’t done so with your previous children, you will need to attend a Baptism Preparation Session.
These are held on the 1st Thursday of each month. The session starts at 7:00pm and lasts about an hour. It is held in the Parish Centre, 47 Lowe Street, Queanbeyan. At this session you will be given a 'Request for Baptism’ form to complete. You can download and complete this form now via the button below
The preferred method of payment for the suggested baptismal offering of $75 (per family) is via the on line payment option. Alternatively if you prefer to pay cash, please bring the money into the parish office before the date of baptism.
2. Use the parish online payment portal via the button below.
We are currently not having Parents present their children for baptism presentation. Parents will be notified when we recommence this ritual. (You will also be asked to attend a Presentation Mass. This is where you and your child and hopefully the Godparents, will be welcomed to our parish community. Parents are asked to present their child to the parish community at any of the weekend masses. Parents are asked to sit at the front of the church, on the far right hand side. There are reserved seats for parents presenting their children. Please download the commitment slip below and bring it along with you to the presentation mass and hand it to the Priest/Deacon at the mass.)
Up to 4 Godparents can be chosen. By Church law, the child must have at least 1 Godparent, who is a person who is baptised Catholic and has received Communion and Confirmation and who practices their faith on a regular basis. Alongside the parents, Godparents are responsible for bringing up the child in the Catholic faith.
Godparents who aren't Catholic are called "Christian Witnesses" and pledge their support to the child's spiritual growth, although they don't have to practice the Catholic faith, a Christian Witness must be baptised in another Christian Faith. It is not possible for an unbaptized person to act as godparent or witness. The other criteria is that the Godparents have to be over 16 years of age. If neither parent is Catholic, you will need to make an appointment to speak to the parish priest.
Baptismal Candle: This item represents "the light of Christ", given to the child at baptism. You will be supplied with a candle, however parents may provide their own if they wish.
Baptismal Stole: This item represents "the cleansing of sin" through water and the Holy Spirit. You will be supplied with a baptismal stole at the ceremony.
If you reside in Queanbeyan and wish for your child to be baptised in another parish , please complete the permission letter below and return to the parish office in Queanbeyan for approval.
If you do not belong to the Queanbeyan parish, but you wish your child to be baptised at St Raphael's, please download the permission letter below and obtain approval from your parish priest. The permission letter needs to be returned to the Queanbeyan parish prior to the baptism date.
STEPPING OUT OF THE BOAT
In the Bible, we read of a story about one of Jesus' friends Peter, who steps out of a boat during a storm and walks on water with Jesus. Baptism is kind of like that first step, it can seem scary at first, but when we trust in Jesus, focus on Him, and know that we have our friends and family back in the boat cheering us on and supporting us, nothing is impossible anymore.