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Baptism Preparation

Congratulation on the birth of your child. Beginnings are both beautiful and important.

You have prepared for your child's birth in many ways and now you prepare for your child's Baptism. Entry into the church's community and God's family through the rite of Baptism is a great decision and a significant step. Like preparing to bring a child into the world, Baptism has its own joys, rights and responsibilities.

As parents you take on many responsibilities for your children during their growing years. The Church shares your responsibility in preparing for your child's Baptism by providing an initial preparation program for parents and godparents. You are invited and expected to participate in this preparation to gain information about the celebration rite, to explore the meaning and hopes of your child's baptism and your own expectations about sharing the life of faith.

Preparation Program

Preparation is a valued and hopefully an enjoyable experience for parents and, if possible, godparents and other family members who may support the child in the ways of faith. You will participate with other parents in a program led by experienced people who will cover topics including:

  • rite of baptism, symbols and practices
  • parent opportunities and responsibilities
  • belonging to the Church\
  • sharing faith with your children

There will also be opportunities to discuss issues and ask questions.

The preparation program is offered on the first Wednesday of each month to parents or parents-to-be. Preferably parents should seek to attend a program as early as possible. The program is sponsored by the seven Catholic parishes of Bendigo. The date and particulars of Baptism will be arranged at a meeting with your Parish Priest. Presenters will be able to direct you to your parish for further information.

Session Times

Wednesday evenings from 7.30 to 9.00 pm at St Kilian's Parish Centre, 181 McCrae Street, Bendigo.  Please enrol early by contacting 5441 6244.

Acknowledgement of Country
The Diocese of Sandhurst recognises the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we live, serve and worship.
We acknowledge the people of the regions of our Diocese.
We respectfully honour and acknowledge their ongoing custodianship and their connections to the land, waters and animals. We pay our respects to their culture, their Elders, past, present and emerging, for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and the hops of their peoples.
We express our gratitude in the sharing of this land, our sorrow for the personal, spiritual and cultural costs of that sharing and commit ourselves to actively working alongside First Nations People for healing, reconciliation and justice.