The Sacrament of Baptism for Infants is ordinarily celebrated at 12.30 pm on the Second Sunday of the month. Parents may also request to have their child’s/children’s Baptism celebrated during one of our weekend Masses.
Infant Baptism signals the beginning of a child’s Christian journey, where parents make a commitment to form their children in faith, helping them understand that they belong to Christ and to God’s holy people, the Church. Christian Initiation within the life of the Church, both local and universal, is one that will take place over a number of years. Christian Initiation for children begins with the events associated with Baptism. Over subsequent years children will also formally receive and be nourished by Christ in the Sacrament of the Eucharist, and receive the Holy Spirit in Confirmation which will complete their reception of the Sacraments of Initiation within the Catholic Church.
Like all Sacraments of the Church, Baptism is a celebration for all, not just those immediately known to the candidate. Baptism is not a private family affair. The worshipping community welcomes the newly-baptised into its midst. Hence families are invited to present their child at a weekend Parish Mass before the baptism to be welcomed by the community, as the celebrant traces the sign of the cross on their child’s forehead.
Parents will need to attend a Baptism Preparation meeting prior to the Baptism. If you live geographically outside the parish you are required to obtain the permission of your own Parish Priest to have your child baptised at Our Lady of the Assumption church.
To apply to have your child baptised, please download the Baptism Application Form by clicking the link below, and send the completed form to the Parish Office via email: Cheltenham@cam.org.au or via post.