The sacrament of baptism is the beginning of our Christian faith journey, where we become a 'Child of God' and a friend and follower of Jesus Christ. We have a share in his life and we join his family - the Church.

St Mary's Erskineville celebrates the Rite of Baptism during Mass on the 1st Sunday of each month outside of Lent.

Preparation for baptism includes:

  • Commitment and welcome ceremony to include parents, child and Godparents, where possible, at any of the Sunday Liturgies two weeks prior to the baptism.
  • Preparation and formation for parents and where possible, Godparents (1-1.5 hours) time and day to be negotiated with the Sacramental Coordinator or Parish Priest.
  • Godparents at least one Godparent MUST be a practicing Catholic who has received all sacraments of initiniation - Baptism, Eucharist & Confirmation. The other Godparent must be of a Christian domination not non-denominational. Non Christian Godparents are witnesses and their names will not appear on the Baptism Certificate.
  • The Rite of Baptism conferred on the 1st Sunday of the month.


Baptismal stoles are available from the Parish at a cost of $25, these are designed to be used for your child's First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation. Personalised booklets can be printed for the Baptism Liturgy a minimum of 10 booklets for $10 (per 10).

Personalised Baptism candles are available from Nancy's Creations or Jamberoo Abbey Candles

Please complete Application for Baptism  and our Sacramental Coordinator will contact you to confirm your booking and arrange a suitable time for preparation, which is essential.  Please contact the Parish Office on (02) 9516 3542 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you have any questions.