In the Catholic tradition, Baptism is one of the seven sacraments we celebrate, instituted by Christ himself. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, it is the 'basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments' (n. 1213).
Most infant baptisms at Bayside Catholic Mission are celebrated outside of Mass.
Baptism is a public ceremony by nature of the Sacrament. It is incorporation into the Church of God and one becomes a member of Catholic Church. Hence is not appropriate to speak of 'private baptism' as it is never 'private', it is always public as members of a family are never private. To be baptised into the community of faith of the Catholic Church is a public event and one should be proud of this. Hence, 'private baptisms' (without other people present) are not possible in the churches of the Bayside Catholic Mission.
Every baptised child must have at least one godparent. A godparent's role is to support the child in the development of the Catholic faith. He or she is responsible for teaching and setting a good and holy example of living the Catholic faith. Therefore, at least one godparent MUST be a Catholic who has been Baptised and Confirmed. Non-Catholic Christians who serve as an important support to the faith life of the child may be considered as Christian witnesses. If a godparent is not able to be present at the baptism for whatever reason, then someone else may stand in as a proxy witness during the ceremony.
Choosing time and place of Baptism
Baptisms take place on Sundays at 12:30pm. Below is a list of the Sundays that Baptisms take place in our various churches.
- St Joan of Arc, Brighton (1st Sunday of the month)
- St Mary's, Hampton (2nd Sunday of the month)
- Sacred Heart, Sandringham (2nd Sunday of the month)
- St Joan of Arc, Brighton (3rd Sunday of the month)
- St Joseph, Black Rock (4th Sunday of the month)
- Stella Maris, Beaumaris (4th Sunday of the month)
As a pastoral note, it's best not to coincide your child's baptism celebration with their birthday celebration, to conflate the two occasions together. Baptism, as a new birth into the divine life of God, should be celebrated separately on it's own right. As St Paul exclaims: 'So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!' (2 Cor 5:17).
Parents, and if also possible godparents, are required to attend an information session, Currently, information sessions take place via Zoom on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm. It is highly recommended that both parents make it, in order to adequately prepare for one of their child's most important days together.
Parents, and again if possible godparents, are also required to attend a Presentation Mass (details below). Your child will be welcomed by the parish community, along with all the other children who will be baptised in the following weeks.
How to Book a Baptism
Step 1: Read all the information on this page.
Step 2: Complete the booking form here:
An infant baptism usually takes about 30 minutes. Baptisms take place on Sundays at 12:30pm.
Step 3: Obtain a permission letter IF you live outside of the Bayside Catholic Mission parishes.
If you are not a current parishioner in the Bayside Catholic Mission a letter is required from your current parish priest granting permission for your child to be baptised here at one of the Bayside Catholic Mission churches. Please bring this letter to the preparation session.
Step 4: Attend a baptism preparation session.
Preparation sessions are held via zoom on the 1st Tuesday of the month, 7:30pm. Preparation Session takes 30 minutes approx. You may attend any session prior to the Baptism date (please select a date on the booking form).
Step 5: Attend and present your child at a Presentation Mass.
The Presentation Masses take place at:
- Stella Maris, Beaumaris on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 10:30am Mass
- St Joan of Arc, Brighton on the 4th Sunday of the month at 11am Mass.
Although there is no fee for the Sacrament of Baptism, it is customary to offer a donation ($150 suggested), to cover the cost of materials provided and preparation giving.
Bayside Catholic Mission offers instruction all year round for adults wishing to be baptised. Adult baptisms generally occur at the Easter Vigil Mass, but they can also be arranged at other times.