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    Code of Canon Law BAPTISM (Cann. 849 - 878)


    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.

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  • Baptismal Requirements

    Compulsory Baptismal Preparation (Parents and Godparents to all attend as per CODE OF CANON LAW Can. 851 2/) is at 11:30am Saturday prior to the Baptism day.

    Please contact us on 02 9587 8064, Tuesday (Margaret - Parish Secretary 9am-2pm) or Friday (Vladimir - Assistant Parish Secretary 9am-3pm) or email and provide your name and contact number.

    If you are NOT living in Kogarah please ask for a letter of 'Permission to have your child's baptism at St Patrick's Catholic Church Kogarah' from the Parish you are in.

    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. RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. It may also be referred to as ‘the Catechumenate.’ It is a process of Christian formation offered to those who seek to become Catholic.

  • Baptismal Form
    Download File: Baptismal Form (112.77 KB .pdf file)