Welcome to St Bernard’s for the baptism of your child
– new life in Christ.

Your child has been welcomed into your family - now you have chosen to
present him/her 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 :
Baptisms are celebrated :
• during any of the weekend masses – 6.30pm Saturday evening,
9am or 10.30am on Sunday morning
• during a baptism ceremony at 12 noon on some Sundays, with other families.

For parents :
You are invited to attend a gathering a few weeks before the baptism, to meet other
families and become familiar with the ceremony & symbols used.

Welcome :
12 noon baptism – the family is invited to come to mass a week or two before the
baptism, to present the child to be welcomed into the church community.
The baptism ceremony follows a week or two later.

Where the baptism is during mass – welcome & baptism are celebrated at the same

Godparents :
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 14 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 may act as a witness, along with a Catholic godparent.

Stole -
For infants – the Ladies Auxilary sew a bib style, or you are most welcome to make
your own.
Older children – purchase ribbon, fringe & symbols to make the stole, or purchase
one custom made from a local supplier. This (sash) stole is also used for Penance,
Eucharist & Confirmation.

Candle – provided for each child. Again, you are most welcome to bring your own, if


Certificate – this document is a copy of the baptism register record. It correctly
includes the mother’s maiden surname. It will be required later on for entry to
Catholic primary & secondary schools.

Cost - a donation of $50 would be appreciated, at the Parent’s Night if possible.

Contact : Baptism Preparation co-ordinator – Helen Brislane is at the Office every
Friday. Phone any time & leave a number where you can be contacted during Friday
office hours, or email :
It is recommended you phone two to three months ahead to book.

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.