Baptisms at our parishes.
Baptisms are on scheduled Sundays and are held at 12.15pm:
1st Sunday of the month: Baptism preparation class
2nd Sunday of the month: St James Forest Lodge
3rd Sunday of the month: St Benedict’s Broadway
4th Sunday of the month: St Bede’s Pyrmont
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. We have a maximum of 3 families per baptism at St James and St Benedicts, and 2 families at St Bedes.
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 2:30pm to 3:30pm.
Classes are held at:
St Benedict Catholic Church
104 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008
Parking is available on the grounds of St Benedict Broadway and Notre Dame University.
Entrance to the car park is from Abercrombie Street, the driveway is on the left close to the traffic lights turning onto Broadway.
Please note: Abercrombie Street is a one-way street. You will need to approach this street via Cleveland Street
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Office hours are Monday to Friday 9.30am-2.30pm