The word “baptise” comes from a Greek word meaning to ‘dip or immerse in water’. Baptism is also known as ‘christening’ because through it, the child becomes a Christian – that is, a follower of Christ and a member of the local and worldwide Christian family, the Church. Baptisms are held when the Parish Family gathers usually on Sundays at 8.00am at Caloundra and at 9.00am at Beerwah. But from time to time pastoral arrangements can be made for other times.
What is the right age for Baptism?
Baptism can happen at any age. What matters is that those concerned believe that it is the right decision. You can only be baptised once, but there are other ways of renewing your commitment as an adult, and we would gladly discuss these with you.
Symbols in Baptism
Water – in baptism we are reminded that water is necessary for life and growth.
Sign of the Cross – in baptism, the sign of the cross is made on the forehead. This is a reminder that they are marked as belonging to Christ from that time forever.
Candle – the candle presented at baptism is a symbol of the Light of Christ entering a person’s life and that they carry Jesus with them where ever they go.