Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 1213)
Welcome to the parish community at St Patrick’s.
As we work together to arrange your child’s baptism, it would be of great assistance if you fill out and submit the form below.
We provide Baptism preparation by personal appointment. This can be customized to you needs and even done by phone. Sometimes the baptism of a child can be the occasion for pastoral discussions around marriage and other sacramental needs, so we encourage you to use the occasion for your spiritual benefit.
To help us maintain our historic Albury church, there is a customary offering or donation of your choice. We will provide you with a memorial certificate and a white garment to symbolise the gift of grace. We also provide a simple Baptismal Candle, the lasting sign of the spiritual gift of faith, which “is to be kept burning brightly” (Ceremony of Baptism). Beautiful, personalised Baptismal Candles may also be ordered online through the local family business at sacredcandles.com.au. At least one “godparent” is chosen and should be a baptised, active Catholic. lf you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us on (02) 6041 2588.
— Sincerely yours in Christ, Fr Joel Wallace PP.