Baptism

Baptism

We welcome your child to be baptised at St Francis de Sales. Whenever we welcome new life, our life as a faith community is enhanced. Parents, godparents, and the community promise to share the joys and challenges of living our Catholic faith.

As a Sacrament of Initiation, Baptism is the first step in our life-long journey of faith. Parents who decide to have their baby baptised are also choosing to share their own faith by the example of their words and actions. Baptism, then, makes visible your commitment and that of the godparents you choose, to the ongoing growth in faith of your child. A faith that is alive and active is “caught” more than it is “taught.”

We hope that this time of preparation and celebration will be an opportunity for you to both reflect on your faith and to renew your commitment to living out your chosen responsibilities. May you understand as addressed to you the words of Christ to His disciples: “Teach them to carry out everything I have commanded you. And know that I am with you always….”

Guidelines:

  • Parents are expected to participate in baptismal preparation sessions prior to scheduling their child’s baptism.
  • The family of the child to be baptised is to be a registered member of St. Francis de Sales Parish for at least three months.
  • Baptism initiates a child into the faith community of the Catholic Church. It is celebrated in the midst of the parish community, whose presence witnesses its willingness to support and encourage its newest members and their parents.
  • Parent will need to call at the Parish Office to register for Baptismal Sessions.