The baptism of an infant is the beginning of a child’s faith life and journey with the Christian community. It is therefore an important decision for parents to make on behalf of their child. Normally baptisms take place in your parish church as it is within this community that your child will grow into the ways of faith. For a child to be baptised a Catholic is it essential that one parent is a Catholic and that both parents agree to nurture the faith life of the child as much as possible. It is also essential that Godparents are baptised Christians, one being a Catholic.
Baptism of infants is celebrated following the 9am Mass every first Sunday morning in the St Brigid’s Catholic Church Rosewood, and every second Sunday morning in St Mary’s Catholic Church, Gatton , and every third Sunday morning St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Laidley. Parents are required to attend a preparation session before their child’s Baptism. Preparation sessions are held on the third Monday of Month in Gatton, Laidley and Rosewood during this session you will have the opportunity to book a date and time for the baptism.
For adult baptism see RCIA below.
Contact the Parishes Office for further information and to register your attendance to the Preparation sessions.
Requirements for booking a wedding is that one partner must be a baptised Catholic. Marriage preparation will also be required.
Contact the Parishes Office for more information and a booking application form.
Confirmation and First Communion
It is the policy of the Archdiocese of Brisbane to Confirm children and welcome them to the Eucharist (First Holy Communion) either during the same ceremony or at different ceremonies very close together. Parents need to decide when their children are ready for this significant step in their faith journey; usually the child is about 10 years of age.
Contact the Parishes Office for information regarding preparation.
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
Many adults find themselves wanting to explore the possibility of baptism or becoming a member of the Catholic Church. Here in the Parishes of Gatton and Laidley we work with people in groups to allow this exploration to take place. Each year at the Easter Vigil adults are Baptised, Confirmed and welcomed to the Table of the Eucharist. This is the culmination of quite a lengthy and formative process.
Contact the Parishes Office for more information.
Anointing of the Sick
Throughout the year, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is held at St Mary’s Church, Gatton and St Patrick’s Church, Laidley.
Contact the Parishes Office for more information or in situations of emergency.
Please contact the Parishes Office to notify that a death has occurred.
The normal procedure is for the funeral director to contact the office requesting a time, place and celebrant for the funeral.
The funeral director will supply the following;
- Name of the deceased
- Name of a family contact
- Phone number of the family contact
- Date of birth of the deceased
- Date of death of the deceased
- Name of Church that the funeral liturgy/Mass will take place in.
- Name of Cemetery where the deceased will be buried, or the name of the Crematorium where the deceased will be cremated.
The Celebrant will contact the family and make final arrangements regarding the celebration of the funeral.