Current Covid-19 Restrictions and requirements.

With the easing of restrictions, we are now able to resume baptising children, whilst still complying with the NSW Government Covid-19 requirements.

As social distancing requirements are in still in place, all baptisms will be at St James Forest Lodge, where we can comply with the 4 square metre rule. There is a maximum of 65 people able to attend. (The 65 people is inclusive of adults and children).

Baptisms will be per family and will be on a Saturday morning at 10:00am or 12 noon at St James Forest Lodge

For contact tracing, we are required to have the name and contact details of every person who attends the baptism. This includes children of any age.

Once your baptism date and time is confirmed, we will need you to email us the name and contact phone number of each person (including any children) attending the baptism and request this by the Thursday afternoon before the baptism.

St James, Forest Lodge
Baptisms take place on the second (2nd) Sunday of each month at 12.15pm.

St Bede, Pyrmont
Baptisms take place on the third (3rd) Sunday of each month at 12 noon. (after the 11am Mass).

The Baptism Ceremony takes about 30 minutes. In the Church’s tradition, children from more than one family are often baptised together to exemplify that they are entering God’s family.

PLEASE NOTE: At least one parent and one godparent need to be baptised in the Catholic faith.

What you Need to Bring to the Baptism
A Baptismal Candle and a White Garment is required.  The White Garment can consist of an entire garment which is white, or simply a while cloth with a hole in the middle to place over their baby’s head after their child is Baptised. The Baptism Candle can be decorated with symbols of Baptism – such as a dove or water being poured from a shell, including the name of your son/daughter – but it does not have to be decorated. You can decorate your own Baptism Candles by purchasing special pens that write on candles.

Baptism of children from outside the Parish
As part of the pastoral plan of our Parish we like to support all Catholic Parishes. Part of this support is encouraging those who come from outside the Parish to seek their own local Parish for the baptism of their child. This is so families may be able to make connection with their own local Parish and Parish Priest. Therefore we are unable to accept a booking for baptisms at St Bede’s Pyrmont or St James Forest Lodge if you reside outside the boundries of the Parish. We respectfully suggest that you make contact with your local Parish to arrange the baptism of your child.

Baptism Preparation Class – 1st Sunday of the Month
It is expected that you attend our Baptism Preparation class held on the first Sunday of the month from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Light refreshments will be provided.

Classes are held at:
St James Hall
2A Woolley Street,
Forest Lodge NSW 2037

St James Hall is across the laneway from St James Church. Parking is behind the hall in the day-care car park and is accessed from St James Lane. The rear entrance to the hall is pram friendly.

For information about having your child baptised please contact the Parish Office on 9660 1407 or email

Office hours are Tuesday to Friday 9.30am-2.30pm