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. — CCC 1213

Baptism frees us from slavery to sin, washing away all our past sins. This was prefigured in the Exodus from Egypt, when God led the Israelites through the Red Sea to free them from slavery in Egypt (CCC 1221). We become a new creation — members of Christ and sons of God, receiving the same affirmation as at Christ’s baptism, “This is my son, the beloved, with whom I am well pleased (Mt 3:17).” As members of Christ, we are also members of his mystical body — the Church — and therefore share in her mission. (CCC 1213)

The Rite of Baptism involves either immersing the candidate in water or pouring it over his/her head, while invoking the Name of the Holy Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (CCC 1278).

If you are not Catholic but have received Baptism as described above, we consider your baptism valid. So, you will not be baptised again if you choose to join the Catholic Church. Rather, you will be initiated into full communion with us through the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.

Want to receive the Sacrament of Baptism?

Children age 6 and below
  • • At least one parent is a practising Catholic.
  • • Parents’ marriage solemnised/convalidated in church. If parents are not married or their marriage is not recognised by the    Church, please speak to the parish priest.
  • • Parent(s) to attend Infant Baptism preparation sessions at the parish.
  • • Either one godparent, or two (one male and one female).
  • • Contact your parish for more information.
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