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Sacrament of Baptism


Congratulations on the birth of your child! The Parish Community shares in your joy. The Baptism of a child is a very special occasion in the life of a family. It is also a very special occasion in the life of the Church. Just as we welcome a child into our families, so too the Church welcomes children into the family of God. Baptism is the Church’s sacrament of welcome and the gateway to all the other sacraments.
Baptisms booking essential – contact  Presbytery 0494331404 There is a limit to the number of baptisms at each ceremony so it is also recommended that you book early in order to get a date that suits you and your family members.

Before  Covid The Sacrament of Baptism took place in our Parish as follows:

Cathedral 1st, 3rd & 5th weekend of month Saturdays at 5pm & Sundays at 1.15pm in Cathedral

Killygarry 2nd weekend of month at 12.30pm

Butlersbridge 4th weekend of month at 12.30pm

Booking essential at 049 4331404 Please give 4-6 weeks notice

The Sacrament of Baptism

The signs used in Baptism are water, oil, white garment and light.  When someone is baptised they become a member of the Christian Community.

The Celebration of Baptism

The priest greets the parents, godparents and extended family members who have come to celebrate the baptism.

The parents declare that they want Baptism for their child, they give the baby’s name and promise that they will bring the child up in the Catholic faith and be good and practising Catholics themselves.  The priest then signs the baby’s forehead with the sign of the cross and invites the parents and godparents to do the same.

All listen to readings and prayers.

The priest anoints the child on the chest with the Oil of Baptism.

Next the baptism takes place when parents and godparents and all present are asked to renew their Baptismal vows. Then the parents and godparents are invited to come around the Baptismal Font.

The priest pours water on the child’s head, saying: “I Baptise you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

The child is then anointed on the forehead with the Oil of Chrism. The godmother assists in wrapping the child in a white Baptismal shawl.

The child’s baptismal candle is lit from the large Easter Candle.

This is handed to the parents with the words: “Receive the light of Christ.”

The priest touches the child’s ears and mouth and prays that the child may soon hear God’s Word and praise Him in prayer.

Entry in the Parish Baptism Register

During the following week the baptism will be recorded in the Baptimsal Register of the Parish.  This record will include the christian name(s) of the child, names of parents and godparents, the child’s date of birth, the date of the baptism and the name of the officiating priest or deacon and the name of the church where the baptism took place.

A Certificate of Baptism will be issued by the parish when requested in writing or by email to    Best to give at least a few days notice before you can call to collect it or send a Stamped Addressed Envelope with the requested details including name, date of birth, date of baptism and parents names to Parish Office, Presbytery, Farnham St., Cavan

In our Parish we list the names of those recently baptised on our Sunday newsletter.