WELCOME TO THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

Welcome to the Sacrament of Baptismalt

"There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism,

and one God who is Father of all,

over all, through all and within all" (Eph. 4:6)

The birth of a child is a very special and joyous occasion for parents. The Church in the parish are very glad to share this joy and warmly encourage people's wish to have their child baptised and received into the Catholic Church.

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PLANNING YOUR CHILD'S BAPTISM

Arranging a Baptism

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As Parents, it is your faith that carries your child to the baptismal font. This is why the Church insists that children will only be baptised where there is a well founded hope that they will be brought up in the Catholic faith.

It is the Parents who take the baptismal promises for their child. It is a promise made before God and the gathered Church. For this reason, baptism can only be celebrated if parents, are committed to and practising their faith on a regular basis.

Parents who are not practicing their faith on a regular basis at present and who present their child for baptism may be asked to wait for a period of time to renew the practice of their own faith. This time offers them an opportunity to reflect on the commitment you are about to make before God on behalf of your child.

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CELEBRATING BAPTISM

Guidelines for the Day of Baptism

ddThe following are a list of items that are essential on the day of Baptism:

Godparents:

The role of Godparents is to support the parents in bringing up your child in the Catholic Faith. For this reason Godparents must be practising Catholics who have been confirmed.

Baptismal Shawl:

The Baptismal Shawl is required at the celebration. It symbolises our new life in Christ and being embraced by God's Love.

Baptismal Candle:

The Baptismal Candle is lit from the Paschal candle, which is a sign for the Risen Christ. The Baptismal candle is a symbol of the living presence of Christ in your child. This light is entrusted to you to be kept burning brightly so that your child will always walk in the ways of the Risen Christ.

Baptismal Certificate:

A Baptismal Certificate will be sent to you after your child's baptism. Please keep this in a safe place as proof of baptism may be required at a later stage in your child's life. (Baptism Certifcates available at Parish Centre Office €5)

If you require any further information please see Fr Paul or Mary our Pastoral Worker after any mass.