Baptismal Preparation Classes are held at 8pm on the
1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month
in the Cathedral Conference Room.
[there is a door at the rear of the Cathedral where you can access the Cathedral Conference Room]
There are a limited number of spaces available on each course , so it is advisable to book early at the Presbytery – 049 4331404 for a night that might suit you to attend. The facilitators of the course will explain all about the Sacrament of Baptism and what is involved at the ceremony and they will let you know what you need to bring with you on the day.
The Sacrament of Baptism takes place in our Parish as follows:
CATHEDRAL on 1st, 3rd and 5th weekend of each month
KILLYGARRY Church on 2nd weekend of each month
BUTLERSBRIDGE Church on 4th weekend of each month
TIMES OF BAPTISM IN OUR PARISH
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.
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 Ceritificate of Baptism will be issued by the parish when requested.
In our Parish we list the names of those recently baptised on our Sunday newsletter.