The Sacrament of Baptism marks the beginning of our life of faith. In Baptism we are welcomed into God’s family. The Baptism of an infant is the beginning of a child’s faith life and journey with the Christian community. It is therefore an important decision for parents to make on behalf of their child. For a child to be Baptised a Catholic it is essential that one parent is a Catholic and that both parents agree to nurture the faith life of the child as much as possible. It is also essential that Godparents are baptised Christians, and one is a Catholic.

The Baptism of infants is celebrated on the second Sunday of each month at either Sacred Heart Church, Addington or Sts Peter and Paul, Halswell.  Parents are required to attend a preparation session before their child’s Baptism. These sessions occur on the fourth Sunday of each month at Sacred Heart Church, Addington at 2pm.

If you live in another Parish, please touch base with your local Parish Priest first.

It is customary to make a donation on the day of baptism. This is not retained by the priest personally but goes to support the Priests of the Diocese.

If you would like to request Baptism for your child please complete the following form: Request for Baptism

If you have any questions (including those regarding the Baptism of Adults or older children) please contact the Coordinator of Sacramental Ministries sacramental@christchurchsouth.org.nz
or a Priest of the Parish (03 338-8395).

This three minute video is a helpful summary of the sacrament