In Baptism we are immersed into Christ’s death, allowing us to share in his resurrection. It is the Sacrament that cleanses from original sin, makes us children of God, and members of the Church. With the gift of Baptism we are infused with grace and the seeds of faith, hope, and charity.
Baptism opens us up to the possibility of salvation as Christ taught us, “Unless a man is born again through water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” For this reason it is important we do not delay baptism for any reason.
Canon law, recognising the importance of baptism, states: “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (Code of Canon Law, can. 867 §1).
Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Parish Office to begin making arrangements. Parents are requested to attend a Baptism Preparation Session, prior to their child’s baptism, which are held every third Saturday of the month, so you are most welcome, and we encourage you, to make contact with us before the birth of your child.
The Baptisms of infants in Annerley Ekibin Parish usually take place at Mary Immaculate Church on Saturdays at 11:00am but alternative arrangements are possible.
The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. “There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each” (Code of Canon Law, can. 873). A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken. Some guidance on choosing godparents will be discussed at the Baptism Preparation Session.
Baptism is a joyful occasion for families and the Church as we rejoice in the gift of grace for the child and rejoice for a new son or daughter of the Church.