Baptism is the first and fundamental Sacrament. By water and the Holy Spirit, a person is reborn into the life of Christ, freed from original sin, and becomes a part of the Body of Christ, the Church. Parents are encouraged to bring their children for baptism as soon as possible after they are born.

Baptisms at Star of the Sea Church take place at 9:45am on the first and second Saturdays of each month.

Baptisms in other Churches in the parish will usually take place during a Sunday Mass.

Children to be baptised may have one godmother, or one godfather, or one of each. Godparents must be baptised and confirmed Catholics,

however other baptised Christians may serve as a Christian witness alongside a Catholic godparent.

Before baptism of infants takes place, parents are required to take part in a baptism preparation class held on the 1st Sunday of the month in the Parish Hall (38 Herbert St, Gladstone).

Contact the parish office (49721025) to make a booking for your child’s baptism, and for the baptism preparation class.

Adults who have never been baptised, and who wish to become Catholic, are invited to join our Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) journey. This is a process of gradual introduction to the beliefs, practices and culture of the Catholic faith, and culminates in the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist being received usually at the Easter Vigil.