Baptism is the door to life and the kingdom of God. Christ offered this first sacrament of the new law to all that they might have eternal life. He entrusted this sacrament and the gospel to his Church when he told his apostles: ‘Go, make disciples of all nations, and Baptise them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.’ It is the role of the father and mother, accompanied by the Godparents, to present their child to the Church for Baptism.
At Corpus Christi Parish, Baptisms are held on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays of each month at 11.30am in Holy Family Church, Gowrie. Please phone the Parish Office on 6291 6688 to make a booking, please don’t assume that the date you would like will be available.
If this is your first child to be Baptised, or if you haven’t done so with your previous children, or it has been 3 years since your last child was Baptised, you will need to attend a Baptism Preparation Session. These sessions are held at 7:30pm on the 1st Tuesday of the month (Feb to Dec) in the Parish Centre at Gowrie (connected to the Parish Office) for approx 45 minutes. The sessions are led by Fr Praveen Paul and two parish volunteers. Our volunteers are committed members of Corpus Christi Parish and are able to discuss various aspects of parish community with you, including volunteering, Planned Giving, and the various groups active in our Parish. Many have young families themselves and welcome any questions you may have regarding Baptism, family life and parish life.
The next session is Tuesday 7 August 2018.
Request for Baptism form:
Forms are available at the Parish Office or the parish website by clicking on the “Baptism Request” form link below. This form needs to be signed by both parents and the two Godparents. It is preferable for forms to be returned to the Parish Office two weeks before the Baptism. Please be aware that we are unable to proceed with a Baptism if the forms are not returned or signed correctly before the Baptism date.
The Baptism Request form also asks for families to nominate their preferred time to attend a Welcoming Mass on the weekend of the Baptism. Attendance at this Mass is an essential part of the Baptism celebration as it allows the Parish community to offer their prayers and support to the family and their child.
Residence outside our parish:
If you reside in a suburb outside our parish, and would like your child to be Baptised in Corpus Christi Parish, you will need to obtain written permission from your Parish Priest. These forms are available from the Parish Office or by clicking on the “Baptism from another parish” link below. You will need to complete a Baptism Preparation session either in your own parish or at Corpus Christi and you will be expected to attend a Welcoming Mass at one of our weekend Masses. A Request for Baptism form will also need to be completed for our parish register.
Baptism in another parish:
If you reside in a suburb within our parish, and would like your child to be Baptised at another parish, you need to obtain written permission from our Parish Priest. These forms are available from the Parish Office or by clicking on the “Baptism at another parish” link below. You will need to complete a Baptism Preparation session at Corpus Christi and you will be expected to attend a Welcoming Mass at one of our weekend Masses. A parish census form will also need to be completed. If you would like to purchase a Baptismal Bib (white garment) for your child the cost is $10 and they are available from the Parish Office.
The Code of Canon Law states that there is to be one Catholic Godfather and one Catholic Godmother, both over the age of 16. If however there is only one Catholic Godparent the other must be Baptised in another faith and is therefore a Christian Witness. The two Godparents names are recorded in the Parish Baptism Register.
The suggested donation is $60 for 1 child, $100 for 2 children (from the same family) and $130 for 3 or more children (from the same family). This includes a Baptismal Bib and candle for each child, both of which you may keep. If you do not require a Bib a donation of $50 for 1 child, $90 for 2 children (from the same family) and $120 for 3 or more children (from the same family) is acceptable. Payment can be made in cash or by completing the credit card authorisation on the back of the form and returning it to the office. There is a locked silver mail box beside the front door if you are not able to call in during office hours.
The Baptismal bib and candle will be given to you at your child’s Baptism.