'I would like my child to become a Catholic' or 'My child would like to become a Catholic'
What do I do?
Wonderful! We welcome your enquiry and look forward to understanding more about you and your child and the events which have led to this request.
At Chatswood Parish, we run a 'Kids' Baptism' preparation program for children from 6-12 years of age, twice each year. The next program is due to begin on Sunday 1 March 2020. To be eligible to join the program at least one parent needs to be Catholic. If this is not the case, we still welcome your enquiry and are happy to discuss this further with you.
The Preparation Program
Is held over four to six weeks and includes;
- Two child-parent small group preparation sessions
- Presentation and anointing at a 9.00am Family Mass
- A practice in the church for the Baptism Ceremony
- One post-baptism small group session
Click here for the next preparation program dates (PDF 241.2KB)
Once the Kids' Baptism preparation program is completed children are eligible to be baptised. Baptisms usually take place during a Sunday Baptism liturgy. The details of the dates and times available are on the enrolment form below.
If you would like to discuss anything about this process, please contact our co-ordinator for Children's Sacraments or the Parish Priest. Details below.
To enrol your child for Kids' Baptism, please complete the enrolment form below and return it to the parish office along with a copy of your child's birth certificate, by the due date noted on the form. Once it is received, someone from the parish office will contact you to confirm the program details.
During and after the preparation program, families are encouraged to attend our 9.00am Family Mass so the children can take part in the activities for children at our child-friendly Mass. In this way, they continue to
- learn about Jesus
- grow in their faith
- develop the habit of coming to church
- mix and make friends with their Catholic peers
Baptism is the first step of initiation into the Catholic Church. After Baptism all children 7 years or older will be invited to join the 'Children's Sacramental preparation program' for the Sacraments of Confirmation, Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.
For further information regarding Kids' Baptism, please download the Kids' Baptism Brochure.