In St. Alphonsa Cathedral Parish, baptisms are held on request. You can contact the Parish Office at 0431 748 521 to make a booking.
You will be required to attend a pre-baptism information session if:
• it is your first child you are seeking to have baptised; or
• if you have not attended a session for your previous children; or
• if it has been at least three years since you attended a session.
You will be informed of upcoming session dates when you call/email to book the baptism. The sessions are held at Mickleham/Preston office.
Upon booking, you will be sent or emailed a form for completion and return. This will include the details required for the Baptismal Register and the Baptism Certificate, as well as the signatures of the parents. At least one Catholic godparent is required, and not more than two godparents (one of these may be of another Christian faith, but at least one must be Catholic).
The completed form must be returned to the Parish Office by the Tuesday prior to the baptism. The baptism cannot take place before the form is returned.
The suggested donation (ideally made at the time the form is returned) is $75. Payments can be made by cash (exact amount, please), cheque.
If the child for baptism is seven years or older, you will need to call the Parish Office about organising adequate preparation for the child before baptism.
If you do not bring your own baptismal candle to the baptism, you will be provided with a small, simple one.
Ideally the infant for baptism should come dressed in a white garment.