“Holy Baptism 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. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons and daughters of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: ‘Baptism is the Sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.’” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1213).
Many Catholics receive the Sacrament of Baptism as infants within the Christian community, in the presence of their parents, godparents and relatives. The grace we receive in Baptism transforms us to being children of God and welcomes us into the Catholic Church.
In our Parish, Baptisms are celebrated on Sundays at 10:30am either at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Darra or the Twelve Apostles Catholic Church, Jindalee as arranged by the Parish Priest.
Adults who have the desire of being baptised can be received into the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church has a special way of initiating adults into the Catholic faith called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
The RCIA takes place within our parish community through formation, so you are able to grow in the knowledge of the Catholic faith and traditions, in the company of those who will be accompanying you on a similar journey. Adults who want to be Baptised, Confirmed, receive Holy Communion or received into the Church are encouraged to ring the Parish Office and express their interest. After their formation, the reception of the Sacraments normally take place on Holy Saturday. An arrangement could be made for candidates to be Baptised or receive other Sacraments in other days other than Holy Saturdays in exceptional circumstances.