The Catholic Church requires all parents to undertake a Preparation before the Baptism of their children. Here at St Francis Xavier Baptisms are held on the Third Sunday of the month during the 9-00am Mass.
Before a Baptism can take place the parents must complete a Baptism Enrolment form which is available from the Sacristy, the Office or download from this Website (under forms).
Parents must also register with the Office and let the office know what month you would like the Baptism to take place.
On the First Sunday of the month the child is welcomed at the 9-00am Mass. On the Second Sunday the Parents attend Baptism preparation which is held in the Church after the 9-00am Mass. Then on the Third Sunday if all is in order i.e. all paperwork handed in and the sessions attended the Baptism takes place during the 9-00am Mass.
The enrolment form has to be signed by the Birth parents stating there is no restriction on the baptism and must be accompanied by a copy of the Birth Certificate of the child being baptised. The Catholic parents(s) are also required to produce a Baptismal Certificate. The certificate is available from the church in which the baptism took place.
Children of the age of eight and above have to undergo a period of preparation before they are baptised.