What is Baptism?
Baptism is the first sacrament of welcome into the Christian community. In our Parish the ceremony begins at the door of the Church. Think of when people are welcomed into a home and a family. The priest spells out this significance when, at the door, he addresses the person by the newly chosen name and says ‘Mary (John or whatever) the Christian community welcomes you with great joy’. A whole richness of ceremony surrounds the sacrament. There is, for example, the reading of the Word of God, the anointings, the candle and white garment, the sign of one’s Christian dignity and the pouring of the water ‘in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit’.
“Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.” (Deus caritas est)
When do Baptisms take place?
The Sacrament of Baptism is administered in our parish on the Second Sunday of each month at 1.00p.m.
Parents are requested to attend Baptism meeting on the Tuesday before the ceremony.
How do I book a Baptism?
- Please contact the parish office (01 274 5497)
- IMPORTANT: 2 week’s notice is required
- View and Download a Baptism Request Form Below
What are the conditions for being a Godparent?
Only ONE Godparent is required for each child. However, a maximum of TWO Godparents are permitted per child.In the case of TWO Godparents, there must be One MALE and One FEMALE.
They must each have completed the Christian Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation & Eucharist) and be at least 16 years old* [ *exception to be made only at the discretion of Archbishop’s House, the Godparent must be mature enough to understand the role of Godparent.]
In the case of the above exception where a Godparent is under 16 years of age, the parents must write to the Archbishop requesting permission for this Godparent. Include in the letter — age of young person, date & place of his/her confirmation, reason for choice, relationship to child being baptised, date of baptism & telephone number of parents. Also include the name of Primary School and Secondary School attended.
If you cannot find TWO Godparents, a person can then be chosen as a Christian Witness and their name will be recorded in the Baptismal register and on the certificate as a Witness not a Godparent.