Baptism was a whole family occasion

A number of parents and children were baptised in a special ceremony at St Laurence O’Toole Catholic Church recently. ▪ Photo contributed

A group of 20 parents and children have recently received the sacrament of Baptism at the St Laurence O’Toole Catholic Church.

Parish priest, Fr Sabbas Assenga, said the church was very privileged to share with parents the responsibility of educating their children in the catholic faith.

“It is a sacred commitment and we strive to provide best practice in every aspect of care,” Fr Sabbas said.

“Our Parish community invites and welcomes new members and desires to continue to nurture their faith throughout their lives.

“It is within our community that children learn what it is to be a Catholic,” he said.

Fr Sabbas explained that Baptism is an act of the Catholic church to welcome people in a special way into the Christian community.

“The word “baptise” means to sprinkle or immerse in water.

“The water used in Baptism is a symbol of cleansing, restoring, and giving new life,” Fr Sabbas explained.

Baptism is the first of three sacraments of initiation into the church.