The Sacrament of Baptism
Firstly, we want to congratulate you on the birth of your child. We also want to welcome this new born child into our Parish Community. Parents are the first teachers of their child in the ways of faith. The Baptism preparation is an effort to help them in that role. Your child's Baptism will be a special moment for you and your family. It will also be a special moment for our parish as we welcome your child into the Christian Community.
To Book A Baptism
Please contact the Parish Office or Fr Micheál in order to arrange a date for the baptism of your child. Usually they take place at a mutually convenient time, either on a Saturday evening or Sunday afternoon.
The Baptismal Service
- The Baptism celebration begins with the welcome of the child into the church. The Sign of the Cross is traced on the child's forehead to show that he/she belongs to Christ.
- We listen to the Word of God
- We pray for the child and his/her family.
- The child is anointed with the Oil of Cathechumens to give strength.
- The water of Baptism is blessed. Water is for cleansing. Water is also necessary for life.
- We renew our Baptismal promises.
- The child is baptised with water in the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
- The child is anointed with the Oil of Chrism to give strength to live as a friend of Jesus, and bring others to Jesus.
- The White Garment is a sign of Christian dignity.
- The Candle symbolises Christ as the light of the world.
- The child's mouth and ears are blessed.
- We conclude our celebration of Baptism by looking forward to the next Sacrament the child will celebrate - First Communion and Confirmation.
- We pray the Our Father - the prayer that unites all Christians.
- The Final Blessing of the newly Baptised child, the child's parents and the whole community who have gathered to celebrate the Baptism, is given.
- The Dismissal - we are all sent out to bring God's peace to our world.
Things to Note
- Godparents should have reached the age of 16 years and be practising Catholics.
- You are only required to have one Godparent; however, if you have two, one must be male and one female.
- A member of the Parish Baptism Team will visit you before the baptism ceremony to assist you in the preparations.