Baptism

Congratulations and Thanks

Congratulations on the birth of your child! The Parish Community shares in your joy. Thank you for wanting to have your baby join the family of the Church through Baptism. By asking for your baby’s Baptism, you are publicly thanking God for His gift to you and making a commitment to bring up your child in the Christian faith. We will help you carry out your decision by giving you our wholehearted support.

Baptism Preparation Meetings

To help prepare for and fulfil their Baptismal role, parents are asked to attend an informative preparation meeting with the team. These usually take place on the first Thursday of each month in Our Lady’s Parish Centre at 8 pm.

During this meeting the signs, symbols, wording & movement which occur in the Sacrament of Baptism are discussed while the practicalities of the day are also addressed.

Godparents are encouraged and very welcome to attend the meeting and it is a lovely occasion for you, the parents, to meet with them before the ceremony. Godparents should be at least 16 years old and must be confirmed, the idea being that they should be adults who practice their faith so that the child can look to them for guidance and good example as it grows. Preparation meetings are held at the Parish Centre (to the right of the church’s main entrance) on the first Thursday of the month at 8pm.

Baptism Dates and Arrangements

Baptisms take place on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month at 1 pm.

Pre-book at the Parish Office and give at least one month’s notice. A Baptism booking form is required to be completed and returned to the Parish Office with a copy of the child’s birth certificate.

Registration of Baptism

A record of the baptism will be made in the Parish Baptismal Register, it includes the full names of the child, parents and godparents, the child’s date of birth, date of baptism and name of the officiating priest.

This enables a Certificate of Baptism to be issued when later required.

On a date after your child has been baptised you may request a Certificate of Baptism from the parish by filling out the Baptism Certificate Request form which can be obtained from the Parish Office or the Sacristy.

Your Baby’s Baptism

Your child’s baptism is a time of celebration and joy. Naturally, you want the best for your child. We want to help you plan and prepare for the Baptism in the best possible way…

An important Question…An important Question…An important Question…

Why have you requested baptism for your child in the Church?

There may be many reasons…       Seems to be the thing to do? Someone else in the family wants it? It’s on my “to do” list? I’m afraid something might happen my child? It’s a significant step that starts the faith journey?

How the Church sees Baptism

The Church sees Baptism as the first important step on the Christian journey. On the day your child was born, he/she was welcomed into their family. On the day of baptism they are welcomed into the bigger family of the Lord, the Church. In baptism we enter into a unique and special relationship with the person of Jesus Christ and we try to live out that relationship in and through the people around us.   Or put another way … In Baptism we become

  • A son/daughter of God the Father
  • A brother/sister of Jesus Christ
  • A temple of the Holy Spirit
  • A member of God’s family, the Church.

The Symbols Used in the Baptism Ceremony…

The Sign of the Cross:

A stamp or imprint on something is a sign of its origin or ownership. The sign of the cross which we make at the beginning of the ceremony on the child’s forehead, claims him/her for Christ.

Oils:

In the Celebration of Baptism TWO different oils are used;

  1. The Oil of catechumens – The child is anointed on the chest with this oil as a sign that the Lord is giving them strength for the Christian journey they are beginning.
  2. The Oil of Chrism – A very sacred oil, which the child is anointed with on the top of the head. Oil is used to anoint kings and monarchs, it sets people aside for a mission. We are set aside for the Christian mission on the day we are baptised.

Profession of Faith:

YOU have requested baptism for your child. In doing this YOU ARE MAKING A COMMITMENT to bringing up your child in the faith. – We promise to live by Christian values and pass on those values to our child. We promise to bring our child to Mass and the Sacraments, for this is what it means to belong to the Christian family. Therefore we profess the faith that we promise, before the community gathered, to pass onto our child. We pray for the grace to live as good Christian witnesses before our child.

Water:

Water is essential for life! In Baptism, water symbolises the new life we receive in Christ. Just as we nurture and care for a plant or shrub, in order for it to live a healthy life, we too must nurture and care for our faith in order for it to grow healthy and strong.

Baptism Robe/Shawl:

The White Robe is a symbol of Christ. After they were baptised, the early Christians used to clothe themselves in white garments to show that they had “put on Christ”. In the same way, the child, during the baptism ceremony, is clothed in the white shawl to show that they are “clothed in Christ” or “wrapped up” in the love of Christ!

The Baptism Candle:

The large Easter Candle (or Pascal Candle) is lit for the Baptism ceremony. This light symbolises Christ, the Risen Lord, who overcame the cross and rose to new life. It is a symbol of hope! A smaller Baptism Candle is lit from the Easter Candle. This light, love and hope of Jesus is being passed on to the new Christian through YOU the parents.

After the Baptism Ceremony…

As your child grows it is important to pray with them, share some bible stories (maybe purchase a Children’s Bible), visit the Church to light a candle for someone who is sick, attend Mass…etc.

We pray God’s Blessing upon you in the challenge ahead of bringing up your child in the faith….

Email: baptism@castleknockparish.ie

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