Baptisms at our parishes.

We are currently holding baptism’s at St James Forest Lodge on the 3rd Saturday of the month at either 10am or 12 noon, with a maximum of 2 families per time slot.

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.

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 your child is being baptised, from 3.00pm to 4.00pm.

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

St James Hall is on the corner of Woolley Street and St James Lane. 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.

Current Covid-19 Restrictions and requirements.

“The maximum number of people who may attend a baptism is the maximum number of people allowed on the premises, which is one person per 2 square metres.
People attending will be required to sign themselves and their children in as attending, using the Service NSW QR code.

Complying with the 2 square metre rule means there is a maximum of 130 people allowed in St James Forest Lodge.   
(As there are potentially 2 families at the baptism, each family has a maximum of 65 people they can invite).

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.

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