Congratulations on the birth of your baby! To bring new life into the world is a very special gift. We welcome your baby into our parish community.
Baptism is the first step in your child's journey to God. Your own faith is essential for the steps which follow. You will be promising to bring up your child in the practice of the faith, knowing God as a loving Father. You are asking the parish family to help you with this. In baptism your baby becomes part of a wider family - the Church.
|Think of the love that the Father has lavished on us
By letting us be called God’s children;
And that is what we are.
My dear people we are already the children of God
But what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed;
all that we know is that when it is revealed we shall be like him
because we shall see him as he really is. 1 John 3:1-2
TIMES OF BAPTISM CEREMONIES
St John’s Church: Saturdays at 4.30pm and Sundays immediately after 12.00 noon Mass
Immaculate Conception: Sundays after 10.00am Mass
St Brendan’s Curraheen: Sundays after 11.00am Mass
We invite you, in consultation with the Priest, to consider having your child baptised during Mass.
Some questions about Baptism
Q 1. Why baptise?
The final command of Jesus to his followers was: "Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations: baptise them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit".
Baptism then is a personal response to the invitation of Jesus.
Q 2. What happens at baptism?
At baptism, through the pouring of water and anointing with Chrism, the child becomes a member of the church.
Choose your baby's godparents with care. They should be good Catholics, confirmed in the Faith and at least 16 years old. They should be living near enough to you to get to know the baby growing up. They will be undertaking to help you in your responsibility in handing on the practice of the Faith.
Offering: A voluntary offering of €60 is suggested. It is normally paid when booking. Of this, €10 is given to the sacristan, and the balance supports the parish clergy.
Baptism Preparation for parents/Guardians:
First Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm or the Third Sunday of each month at 11.15am in St. John’s Parish Centre.
Godparents, Grandparents and friends also very welcome. Please book in advance at the Parish Office.