“Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And look, I am with you always; yes, to the end of time”
It is through Baptism, or Christening, that a person becomes a Christian, and is incorporate into the Church as a member. Anyone not yet baptised can be baptised, and for children (i.e. age less than seven), the expectation is that the parents see to it that they are baptised within the first weeks after birth. This is a practice that has happened right at the beginning of the Church, and we have early records both in the Bible and in early writings1 that this was the practice. In fact, the Bible recorded for us that whole ‘household’ (e.g. Acts 16:15 & 33) were baptised, meaning children were included, in the early Church.
To get a child baptised in the parish of OLV, we expect the parents or guardians who are parishioners) to attend minimally one Preparatory Session. Unless otherwise announced, the parish will run a Baptismal Preparatory Session which lasts less than an hour, usually on the Second Sunday of the month (but not necessarily so), after the 10.00 am Mass, held in Bishop Joyce’s Centre. The dates for these sessions are normally advertised at the back of the Sunday Church Bulletin. Parents (or guardians) and if possible, even the godparents are to attend this session before the child will be baptised. Parents who are not parishioners, who for whatever reason, seek to get their children baptised at OLV, are meant at the first instance, to inform their own parish priest first before making contact with us.
To attend the Preparatory session, please register your attendance using the Registration Form