Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons and daughters of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission. Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word (Catechism of the Catholic Church, article 1213).
Information regarding the celebration of this sacrament in our parish:
1. Date of Baptisms
Second Sunday of each month – this is limited to 3 children and will take place at 11:00 am; Third Saturday of each month – this is limited to 6 children and will take place at 12.00 noon.
2. Making a Booking
Step 1 – Contact the parish secretary for availability.
Step 2 – Fill out the baptismal form in the sacristy.
NB: this is to be done in advance, preferably about 4 weeks. A Parent or Parents must fill out the form themselves in the Parish Office.
3. Preparation for Baptism in our Parish
A meeting will take place with the Baptismal Team on the Wednesday before the second Sunday of the month at 7:30pm in the parish centre. This meeting prepares the parents for the baptism ceremony. It also provides an opportunity to meet other parents whose children are being baptised.
4. Day of Baptism – Things to remember
A White Shawl
A Baptismal Candle – Candles may be purchased at the Church for €5 each.
5. Other requirements
Godparents and parents are advised to take part in the celebrations of the parish on a regular basis.
6. Adult Baptism
Adults who wish to be baptized follow the Rite of Christian Initiation programme over a period of several months. There are adults in the parish who are available to accompany people on this journey, giving them the necessary instruction in the faith. The ideal moment for the celebration of an adult baptism is at the Easter Vigil liturgy.
7. Sacramental Records
We cannot give people direct access to the sacramental records that are kept in the safe in the parish office. The parish secretary can consult an entry in the baptismal records if given sufficient notice. She is available to give a baptismal certificate on request.
Contact the parish office for any other information