Thank you for your inquiry and for your decision to baptise your child
in the Catholic faith. We are delighted that you would like your child
to be part of this Catholic community and are excited to be with you on
this journey of faith.
The Parish of Pittwater aims to be a community of hope, providing
spiritual nourishment to all. We trust that you will be given help and
support from this community on your journey of life and faith.
If your child is already in school, the preparation program is different to the program outlined below. Click here to download the information for our next program to prepare Primary School Aged Children for Baptism. (PDF 540.8KB) Please note, the planned Baptism preparation for August has been postponed due to the current NSW restrictions. New program dates will be set once the restrictions have been eased.
The Catholic Parish of Pittwater Community, celebrates the Sacrament of
Baptism on the third Sunday of each month at 11 am at Maria Regina
Church, Avalon, and the fourth Sunday of each month at 11.30 am at Sacred
Heart Church, Mona Vale. We only have a small number of families each time in order to help make
this a more personal ceremony, so please contact the Parish office to
check that your preferred date is available. We will confirm by direct
contact whether or not your requested booking date is available.
Click here to download our Baptism Calendar for 2021 (PDF 223.4KB)
Baptism is the first step of initiation into the Catholic Church and is
also the first step of initiation into the local Parish. It is a
sacrament that celebrates the entry of your child into the Christian
community in the hope that they will be supported and nourished in their
faith development as well as becoming an active member of the church.
have enrolled your child by completing and submittng the “Request for Baptism” (PDF 34MB) form, we ask you to attend the following three steps (in order).
i) Baptismal Preparation Evening - These evenings aim to provide
parents with information about the Sacrament of Baptism and about the
practicalities of the baptism itself. Please check our Baptism Calendar
for specific dates.
ii) Presentation and Anointing of Children during Mass (9am at Maria
Regina Church, Avalon or 10am at Sacred Heart Church, Mona Vale).
iii) Baptism 3rd Sunday-Maria Regina Church, Avalon or 4th
Sunday-Sacred Heart Church, Mona Vale. This date will be confirmed with
you once the forms have been submitted.
As a Sacrament of the Church, no charge is made for
the celebration of Baptism. However, it is customary to give a donation
which helps to support the life and the work of the Parish. The donation
can simply be placed in the envelope and handed in to the office along
with your completed Baptism request form.
To help you prepare for your child’s baptism, we have provided answers to some frequently asked questions. (PDF 537.9KB) If there is something not covered or you are unsure of, please don’t hesitate to contact the parish office on 9157 0999 (ext 0).
Our Pastoral Parish council would like
to encourage you to contribute financially to assist with the ongoing
costs that occur as we serve the community. (Optional)
There are 3 options:
Planned Giving Envelopes - available at the back of the Church
Loose money - given at the second collection during Mass on Sunday.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call
our Parish Office on 9157 0999 (ext 0), and we will
be happy to assist you.
We look forward to celebrating the Sacrament of Baptism with you and we will help make it a happy and memorable occasion. It’s a great day not only for you and your family but for the whole Church as your child begins their life as a disciple of the Lord.