Baptism

"Through the sacrament of baptism the faithful are incorporated into Christ and into his Church. They are formed into God's people and they obtain forgiveness of all their sins. They become a new creation and are called, rightly, the children of God"

(Rite of Christian Initiation , General Introduction,n.1)

Baptism is the beginning of the journey of faith for your child. Through baptism, your child will receive the Holy Spirit and becomes a disciple, a follower of Christ and a member of God’s family, the Church.

At Christ the Light Parish, there are three different ‘start points’ for people seeking Baptism.

  1. We welcome infants whose parents wish to bring them for Baptism.
  2. We welcome school-aged children who wish to be baptised.
  3. We also welcome adults enquiring about Baptism.

Infant Baptism Information

Infant Baptism takes place over a staged 3 month process and it includes three key steps.

Step 1: Baptism Preparation Program

Parents (godparents if available) attend the Baptism Preparation Program which includes two sessions: Zoom Meeting and face-to-face Meeting. Zoom Meeting occurs at the first week of the month and face-to-face Meeting occurs at the third week of the month. These sessions offer parents the opportunity to gain a better understanding of Baptism as a stage in the journey of faith of their child as well as the opportunity to ask questions about Baptism.

Step 2: Rite of Reception

Please note, the Rite of Reception during Mass is not taking place at this time of COVID-19.

The Rite of Reception involves the presentation of infants to the parish community. In this way, parent (s) are signalling their intention to bring a new membership into the community and asking the community to pray and support the new baby as he or she begins life as a Christian member of the community.

Parent(s) will be asked to bring their child to any of the weekend Masses:

  • Saturday 5:30 pm at Nazareth Centre (St. Joseph’s Primary School, Mernda)
  • Sunday 8:00 pm at Nazareth Centre (St. Joseph’s Primary School, Mernda)
  • Sunday 10:30 am at Nazareth Centre (St. Joseph’s Primary School, Mernda)
  • Sunday 8:30 am at St. Mary’s Church, Kinglake.
  • Sunday 10:00 am at St. Mary’s Church, Whittlesea.

Step 3: Rite of Baptism

The Rite of Baptism is the actual celebration of the Baptism at which the child is cleansed away from original sin and born again in Christ. The ceremony initiates the child into the Catholic faith and membership into the Church, the holy body of the people of Christ

Baptism Schedule

  • Mernda: 
    • 1st & 3rd Saturdays
    • Time : 2 p.m.
    • Venue : The Nazareth Centre, 44 Mernda Village Drive, Mernda
  • Whittlesea: 
    • 2nd & 4th Sundays
    • Time : 11.15 a.m.
    • Venue : St Mary’s Church, Fir Street Whittlesea
  • Kinglake: 8.30 a.m.Mass at St Mary’s Church, Main Road Kinglake

Kindly fill in the Baptism registration form below.

For more information:
Contact Parish Office
Phone: 9412 8493