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Welcome to our Parish!

Thank you for seeking information about your child's Baptism and your desire to be part of our Parish community.

The following information is intended to assist you in your preparation for the most important and joyful event of your child's life.

We encourage you to take some time to reflect on what Baptism means to you, to consider what connection you would like to have with the Catholic Church and what faith connection you would like for your family through the Church.

Sacraments Explained

A Sacrament uses signs that we can sense to tell us something about God's love and care for us, and about how this is shared with us in the Church. Baptism is the way that we formally and faithfully welcome a person into oneness with Jesus Christ and therefore, with His family, His Body, the Church here on earth today.

Baptism is the first of the seven Sacraments of our Catholic Church. The main signs that we use in the celebration of Baptism are blessed water and oil, a white garment and a candle lit from the Pascal/Easter candle of Christ. This is accompanied by words, scripture and the signing with the cross

Role of Parents

Parents are normally the people who present their child to the Church for Baptism.

With infants and young children, the Church proceeds to offer the gift of Baptism based on the faith of their parents. This faith is affirmed during the Baptism ceremony.

The parents and Godparents commit to living and practising the Christian faith in full, and to pass on this practice to the child through their words, deeds, values and way of life.

Although very young children do not understand the importance of this sacrament, it is important that they have opportunities to learn what it means to be Christian, and that once Baptised, they are part of the Church community.

Role of Godparents

Godparents are a vital part of every Baptism. They are people whom you choose to support you and your child on God's behalf.

They are your child's 'other parents', over the age of 16 years, who have been Baptised and Confirmed in the Catholic faith.

There are usually two Godparents, one of each gender, but there may be more if that is desired.

Godparents are to be people who live the Christian faith within our Catholic tradition which is the tradition of faith into which your child will be Baptised. Please choose your Godparents carefully as they will be with you, your family and your child for the rest of their lives.

They will be active in supporting you and your child by friendship, word and example in living the gift of faith in Christ and His Gospel that Baptism celebrates and hands on.

Baptism Preparation

Baptism Preparation is held on the first Monday of the month in which your child is to receive Baptism.

The Preparation Session is held at 6.30pm (winter) or 7.00pm (summer) in St Oliver Plunkett Church, Cannon Hill.

Welcoming Mass

Families and friends are invited to attend Mass on the first Sunday of the month prior to Baptism so that they can be welcomed to the Parish community.

Sunday morning Mass starts at 9.30am at St Oliver Plunkett Church, Cannon Hill and is followed by morning tea in the Parish Hall.

Families seeking Baptism gather before Mass at 9.15am in the Church foyer to be greeted by the Priest.

First Steps

In preparation for your child's Baptism please complete the forms below and return them to the Parish Office.

Take some time to discuss your responses with your partner. Consider not only the importance of Baptism, but each other's feelings and perspectives towards faith, and what connection to the Church you want for your family.

Completing these questions will form the basis for a general discussion at the Baptismal preparation. Pleased be assured there are no right or wrong responses. May this experience draw you closer to Jesus and His way of living, and bind you more fully to His people, the Church.

Below are the forms that need to be completed. Please call the parish office Tuesday - Friday, 9.00am - 2.30pm to confirm your Baptism date and then either scan and email ([email protected]), post or bring the forms to the parish office.

  • Family Information Mothers, please put both your maiden AND married names.
  • Family Law This form MUST be signed by BOTH parents.
  • Father This form is to be brought to the preparation session.
  • Mother This form is to be brought to the prepration session.
  • Birth Certificate - Please attach a COPY of you child's Birth Certificate to the submitted forms.

A fee of $50.00 applies for this Sacrament. This is to cover administrative and material costs.

Once the payment has been made please EMAIL a copy to:
[email protected]
or add a PRINTED copy to the forms to be submitted.
Payment can be made online HERE

You will also be given an envelope in the package you will receive at the Preparation session. It is customary to make a cash donation to the Priest presiding at the Sacrament. We thank you in advance for this gift.

Cannon Hill Parish, Brisbane

Parish Administrator: Rev Fr Vasanthan Anthonipillai OMI

Parish Secretary: Norma Martiri 

Administration Support Officer /
Sacramental Program Coordinator: Ronda Vorrasi

Parish Office:
21 Beauvardia Street, Cannon Hill, QLD, Australia

Parish Phone: (07) 3899 2837

Office Hours: 9am to 2:30pm Tuesday to Friday

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