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St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Kogarah St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Kogarah

Baptism Baptism

    The Catholic Church requires sponsors to be Catholic, baptised and confirmed, practising the Catholic faith, and at least 16 years of age. (Code of Canon Law, Can. 874 §1)
    Can. 872 Insofar as possible, a person to be baptized is to be given a sponsor who assists an adult in Christian initiation or together with the parents presents an infant for baptism. A sponsor also helps the baptized person to lead a Christian life in keeping with baptism and to fulfill faithfully the obligations inherent in it.
    Can. 873 There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each.
    Can. 874 §1. To be permitted to take on the function of sponsor a person must:
    1/ be designated by the one to be baptized, by the parents or the person who takes their place, or in their absence by the pastor or minister and have the aptitude and intention of fulfilling this function;
    2/ have completed the sixteenth year of age, unless the diocesan bishop has established another age, or the pastor or minister has granted an exception for a just cause;
    3/ be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has already received the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist and who leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be taken on;
    4/ not be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared;
    5/ not be the father or mother of the one to be baptized.
    §2. A baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community is not to participate except together with a Catholic sponsor and then only as a witness of the baptism.
    Baptism: Flame of Faith, Archdiocese of Brisbane
  • St. Patrick's Catholic Parish Baptismal Requirements
    Please read through all the links above. For any queries or to make a booking email [email protected] or call on a Tuesday, between 9am-2pm.
    Information for CHILDREN 0 - 7 years old.
    Several babies/children may be baptised at the one ceremony. Please fill in the Baptismal Registration Form (pdf) carefully, make sure that all information is correct.
    Compulsory Baptismal Preparation (Parents and Godparents to attend - in the Presbytery - as per CODE OF CANON LAW Can. 851 2/) is required prior to the Baptism day.


    It is the usual custom to make an offering to the Church as a sign of gratitude to God for the gift of life of your child. Baptism envelopes are available in the Parish Office – please hand directly to the Priest either at the Parent Meeting or on Baptism Day.

    If your family lives outside of St. Patrick's Parish, Kogarah Parish Boundary, please provide us with the name and address of your local Parish, your Parish Priest's name and Parish email address.
    Your child's Baptismal Certificate is an important document. Please keep it in a safe place and keep an electronic copy (scan/photo).
    The RCIA is for all those seeking to become members of the Catholic Church. Children over the age of seven years and teenagers are supported through an adapted form of the Rite.