Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist are called SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION. In the early church and today as part of the Christian Initiation of Adults, these three saraments are received together, traditionally during the Easter Vigil. Children, however, receive them at different stages of their lives. The Maitland-Newcastle Diocesan Policy on these sacraments can be found here.
Baptism is the first sacrament. It initiates us into the Catholic Christian Community, those who believe that God the Father sent his Son Jesus Christ to live among us, so that, filled with the gifts of the Holy Spirit we too, can live in harmony and peace with each other and enjoy eternal happiness in heaven. The waters of Baptism commit us to dying to our old way of life and being reborn to a new life in the Spirit of Jesus.
Baptism is a prerequisite for the reception of other sacraments.
If you are an adult and are thinking about becoming a Catholic, then the first step is to contact the Parish Office and ask how to go about being received into the Church. Fr Anthony Nguyen, the Parish Priest will arrange for a member of the RCIA Team to meet with you to discuss the process and how the journey will unfold. Click HERE for further information.
Baptism of infants
To arrange a Baptism, please contact the Parish Office.
It is customary for Baptisms to be conducted after Sunday Morning Mass at 10.00am.
The Sacramental Co-Ordinator, Sr Catherine Norman, holds a monthly Baptism Preparation Meeting one Sunday a month at 9.15am. During this relaxed and informal meeting, the nature and purpose of Baptism is discussed with the parents of children who are to be baptised. The meeting also provides an opportunity to ask questions.
Baptism dates should be finalised with the Parish Office.