Baptisms

Baptisms

Baptisms take place: on the 1st Saturday of every Month at 12 noon

 

You can arrange your child’s Baptism through the Parish Office or by contacting Fr Finbar. Contact details and phone numbers can be found on the contacts page on this website.

 

We congratulate you on the birth of your child and together with the Baptismal Team we will be happy to assist you in any way that will make this Christening a very special event for you. If you have any query don’t hesitate to ask at the Baptism Meeting for Parents. We hope the following points will help towards making the event run smoothly.

 

 

About the Ceremony

 

Preparation Meeting are held at 7.30 p.m. on the Thursday preceding first Saturday. Baptism Team host meeting in the Sacristy.

 

The Baptism Ceremony takes place on the First Saturday of the Month at 12 Noon.

 

The godfather should have the special Christening Candle with him.

 

By all means bring along a camera if you like, but make sure the photographer is not one of the parents or godparents.

 

The Ceremony begins at the church door inside the church. During the Ceremony the mother sits in the outside (i.e. near the aisle) place of the pew (church seat), holding her baby. The father sits beside the mother and the godparents sit beside him. Their guests may sit in that same pew or in the pew immediately behind.

After the Welcoming Ceremony at the entrance to the Church we journey to the Sanctuary area near the Ambo where the Word of God will be proclaimed.

After the child is baptised at the font the godmother usually holds the baby. Then, when instructed by the priest, the father places the white christening robe on his child and the godfather lights the christening candle from the nearby Easter Candle.

This candle should be kept safely at home afterwards, as it should be lit each year on the child’s birthday as a reminder of the Baptism. The candle may also be used on the occasion of First Communion and Confirmation.

 

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