BAPTISM

Baptism is the beginning of the journey of initiation into the Catholic faith community and continues with the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. By Baptism, we begin an entirely new life.  We become “a new creation” (2 Cor. 5:17).  We are freed from the power of sin, made one with Christ, and we are part of the Church in which the life of the risen Christ flows and acts. St. Paul in his letter to the Galatians says that we were baptised into union with Christ, and so have taken upon ourselves the qualities of Christ himself (cf. Gal 3:27ff). Through Baptism, we become the children of God and thereforeare given a share in the divine life.

Symbols of Baptism include:  water, oil, white garment and Baptismal candle.

Baptism Preparation
Greenacres Walkerville Parish has a home-based Baptism preparation for all parishioners. Upon completion and submission of the Baptism Application Form, a member of the Baptism Preparation Team contacts the family and ask them to arrange a time when they, together with the chosen godparents of the child, can come together for the preparation.  During the preparation, the meaning of Baptism, the rituals and symbols used are discussed.  The roles and responsibilities of parents and godparents are explained and time is provided for parents and godparents to ask questions.

At least two members of the Baptism team always attend the actual celebration of the Sacrament to welcome the families, godparents and visitors.  We believe that it is important to make them feel comfortable and welcome and that they feel supported.

Baptism Schedule
St. Martin’s, Greenacres - every Sunday during mass at 9.30am or every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month at 11:00am

St. Monica’s, Walkerville – every Saturday night during Mass at 6:00pm.

For further information please contact the Parish Office.