The word Baptism refers to the pouring of water and is an ancient Greek word that literally means to be immersed or to be plunged into... So, by Baptism, a person becomes immersed in Christ and his life. We are plunged into the life of Jesus and his gospel values. The word Christening means to be made in the likeness of Christ or to be anointed and the two words Baptism and Christening really mean the same thing and refer to the same thing. If a person has been Christened then this means they have been Baptised, and vice versa. Different churches use the different words but they mean the same thing and the mainstream Christian churches recognise each others Baptism or Christening. So there should be no need to Baptise someone who has already been Christened or Baptised in another church denomination. For example, we do not re-baptise someone who is already Christened in the Anglican Church or Lutheran Church or Uniting church, etc. We believe in the one Baptism.
Baptisms are usually held on Saturday mornings or Sunday afternoons.
To organise your child's Baptism, please download and fill in the form below and hand into the parish office.
You are about to embark on one of the most important undertakings of your life. Our role here in the parish of St. Mary's is to help make the celebration of your marriage as meaningful and as memorable as possible.
The Bride and Groom ARE the central and major symbol of the marriage liturgy. As you make a promise to one another, you remind everyone who witnesses this commitment of the sacredness and value of lifelong, committed human love.
Initiated, nourished, and fulfilled by God's love, may your life-long covenant be a source of happiness and blessing for you and for everyone you meet.
There are some church and civil law requirements relating to marriage, but do not worry! The priest, who is the celebrant for the wedding, will sit down with you and go through all the legal and church requirements for a wedding and explain the process of preparation. Please keep in touch with us, as you prepare for your wedding.
Please contact the parish office if you wish to celebrate your wedding in our Church.
Please contact the Parish office in regards to holding a funeral for your loved one. Below are some helpful resources for planning a funeral.
Full funeral guide
Prayer service outline