Your child has been welcomed into your family – now you have chosen to present them for baptism. Just as you nurture physical & emotional growth, in asking for baptism you are accepting responsibility for the growth and development of your child’s faith and understanding of God’s love.
When Is Baptism Celebrated?
Baptisms are celebrated at Holy Spirit Church Amaroo, after 9:30am Mass on the first three Sunday’s of the month with up to three families present.
Baptism Preparation For Parents
If this is your first child to be Baptised, or if you haven’t attended Holy Spirit Parish with your previous children, you will need to attend a Baptism Preparation Session.
The parish office will contact you about a suitable time where Fr Jiss will meet with your family to discuss the process in detail, once you have completed the online enquiry form.
We Welcome Your Child to the Community
As baptism is the first step in your child’s faith journey and initiation into the Christian Community, it is important that it is celebrated within the community.
To enable you, as the child’s parent or carer, to experience the support of the community and for the community to meet their new member, we ask you to bring your child to a Mass leading up to the Baptism, during which your child will be presented to the community in a simple ceremony.
Godparents are very special people in your life and that of your child. Choose them carefully because you will need encouragement and help as a Christian parent. In addition, your child will benefit from an enriching relationship with people who share your ideals.
- godparents must be at least 16 years old.
- one godparent is sufficient, but you may choose more.
- at least one of the godparents must be a Baptised Catholic, who has received Communion and been Confirmed.
- a non-Catholic Christian may act as a witness, along with a Catholic godparent.
About the Ceremony
On the day of your child’s baptism family and friends will be welcomed and gather in the church 5 to 10 minutes before the ceremony commences. If you have any questions you can ask these at the Baptism Information Session.
Photos and videos may be taken during the ceremony.
One will be supplied, however, you are most welcome to bring your own if you wish.
The white stole is used in baptism as a symbol of being clothed in Christ. You may already have one of these however if you do not we will provide a white baptismal garment (similar to a white bib). Please return this after the ceremony.
It is customary to provide a donation to cover church costs for the ceremony. Around $75+ is normal, however wherever there is financial hardship this may be waivered.
How Do I Register For My Child’s Baptism
You may start the process by registering your interest through the Baptism Enquiry Form. Please feel free to contact the Parish Office if you have any questions. The office is open Tuesday – Friday.
- Baptism Enquiry Form
- Approval to celebrate a Baptism at Holy Spirit Parish
(please use this form if you are not a resident of the Gungahlin area)
- Approval to celebrate a Baptism outside Holy Spirit Parish
(please use this form if you are a parishioner of Holy Spirit Parish and would like to celebrate a Baptism at another location.)
It is recommended you register two to three months ahead of the anticipated date.
Parents are the first and most significant teachers in all things, including faith. Your example of commitment & involvement in the Church will always be the most influential for your child. Baptism is the public beginning.