The Sacrament of Baptism is an important first step in Catholic Life which has been celebrated at St Joseph's Cathedral for over a century. As has been for decades, our Baptism Team will support all candidates and their families in preparation for this special sacrament.
Baptisms are held at 10:30am at St Joseph's Cathedral on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month.
Please complete the expression of interest form at the bottom of the page or call the Parish Office on 4927 6744 if you would like to have your child Baptized. Your information will then be passed on to our Baptism Team who are more than happy to assist you. For further information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions below.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What preparation is involved in Baptism?
The Sacrament of Baptism involves three steps of preparation:
Completion of forms sent to you by Cathedral Office Staff. These short forms provide the information that will be printed on the Baptismal Certificate.
Baptism Preparation session. Conducted by our long-serving Baptism Coordinator either by phone or in-person (subject to COVID-19 restrictions), this short meeting will give you all the information needed to proceed with Baptism.
Rite of Welcome. This short part of the Sunday 9:30am Cathedral Mass formally welcomes the children about to Baptised. This ceremony is held on the 1st Sunday of each month.
Do Godparents have to be Catholic?
Each child being baptised is required to have at least one Godparent who is a confirmed Catholic. Any additional Godparents must be baptised in a Christian faith e.g. Uniting Church, Anglican etc.
How many Godparents can you have?
The Cathedral Parish of St Joseph recommends two Godparents per child being baptised. If families would like to have additional Godparents this must be disclosed on Baptism forms and discussed during the preparation session.
One of the Godparents can't make the ceremony. Can they still be on the certificate?
In the event that a Godparent cannot attend the Baptism ceremony, a proxy can be nominated for them to stand in their place at the physical ceremony whilst the Godparent unable to come is still listed on the Baptismal certificate. Proxies must be baptised in a Christian faith.
Given the current pandemic, how many people can be invited?
Currently The Cathedral is restricted to only five families per Baptism day with each family allowed 20 attendees. This includes all children and family of the Baptised child. The Cathedral Office will send you a contact tracing list to be filled out before the event. On the day of Baptism, staff will be there to usher you to pre-positioned seating. If possible we appreciate any help in sanitizing the seating used at the conclusion of the ceremony.