A general definition for the word baptism is “a rite of washing with water as a sign of religious purification and consecration.” This rite was practiced frequently in the Old Testament. It signified purity or cleansing from sin and devotion to God. Since baptism was first instituted in the Old Testament many have practiced it as a tradition yet have not fully understood its significance and meaning.
In the New Testament, the significance of baptism is seen more clearly. John the Baptist was sent by God to spread the news of the coming Messiah—Jesus Christ. John was directed by God (John 1:33) to baptize those who accepted his message. John’s baptizing is called “a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” Mark 1:4 (NIV).
Those baptized by John acknowledged their sins and professed their faith that through the coming Messiah they would be forgiven. Baptism then is significant in that it represents the forgiveness and cleansing from sin that comes through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
For Roman Catholics it is a public act of initiation into the Church and the beginning of a process of participating in the activity of the Faith community we call parish. Therefore it is a public ceremony which involves the participation of the community.
Booking: Please contact the parish office (0419822121) at least ONE MONTH before the baptism.
Baptism Ceremony: The baptism Ceremony takes place on the 2nd Sunday of each Month the church of the Immaculate Conception after the 11a.m Mass.
Baptisms outside these times will only be performed in emergency or exceptional circumstances.
On the Tuesday evening before the baptism takes place, a meeting will take place in the Immaculate Conception church. This meeting will be for parents and godparents of candidates who are due to be baptized. At this meeting each family will be given an outline of the service, instructed on the meaning of the sacrament. The meetings will be led by Fr Paul and members of the baptismal team.