Baptism

Sacrament of Baptism:

Congratulations on the birth of your child!  The community shares in your joy! Thank you for wanting to have your baby join the family of the Church through Baptism.

To allow for preparation for your child’s baptism, parents are asked to give three week’s notice to the Parish Office.

Baptismal Dates and Times in The Church of the Sacred Heart, Ferrybank

Baptism will be celebrated on the First Sunday of the month in Ferrybank at 1pm (alternating with Slieverue every other month) and also on the third Saturday of the month at 3pm and if the number of children to be baptised exceeds four a further time will be available at 4pm.

Baptism is celebrated only on the dates given.  The Parishes reserve the right to change dates if  necessary.   Please circulate dates and times 2019/2020 to family members who wish to have a baptism in Ferrybank & especially those living abroad so that  they can make travel arrangements to coincide with the dates available.

The dates of Baptism are as follows:-

Saturday 16th November 2019 at 3pm/4pm

Sunday 1st December 2019 at 1pm

Saturday 21st December 2019 at 3pm/4pm

Saturday 18th January 2020 at 3pm/4pm

Sunday 2nd February 2020 at 1pm

Saturday 15th February 2020 at 3pm/4pm

Saturday 15th March 2020 at 3pm/4pm

Sunday 5th April 2020 at 1pm (Holy Week)

Saturday 18th April 2020  at 3pm/4pm

Saturday 23rd May2020 at 3pm/4pm

Sunday 7th June 2020  at 1pm

Saturday 20th June 2020 at 3pm/4pm

Preparation

Parents who wish to have a child baptised are required to attend a  pre baptism information evening which is held on the first Tuesday of every month except during July & August. To book a place contact the Parish Office  051 830813.

Dates are as follows:-

November 5th

December 3rd

January 7th 2020

February 4th

March 3rd

April 7th

May 5th

June 2nd

Your Faith is important …

Your most important preparation is to look at your own faith. Your baby will be born with your features and will pick up your mannerisms.   As he or she gets older your child will grow up, too, with your faith. When you approach the church about having your child baptised you will be encouraged to think through your own faith and the part it plays in your life.  The very fact that you have asked to have your baby baptised shows that you recognise the importance of God in your life. From the earliest days children too young to answer for themselves have been baptised, usually as they accompanied their parents into the Church.  For the church recognises the desire of Christian parents to share the life of Christ with their children. Jesus Christ, like you, wants the best for your child.

Growing in God’s Love

Your efforts will not only help your baby to grow up in the love of God: they will also help you to grow.  As you teach your child to pray you yourself will deepen your prayer; as you teach you child to appreciate the Mass your own faith will be enriched.  Your baby’s baptism is only the beginning of a new life in which you will grow closer to one another in the family and closer to God.  The Church welcomes your child into its midst with love and prayers for the future peace and happiness of your family in the years ahead.

The signs and symbolism of Baptism

Sign of the Cross

The sign of the cross is the mark of Christians for Jesus Christ died on the cross. Parents and god-parents trace it on the child’s forehead to show that the baby belongs to Christ.

Water

Water is for cleansing and is a sign that our sins are washed away.  Baptism cleanses us of original sin with which we are all born and, in the baptism of adults, of every sin committed prior to baptism.  Water is also necessary for life and so is a sign, too, that the life of the risen Christ is ours.

Oils

Oil of Baptism is olive oil rubbed on the breast of the baby.   Oil of Chrism is a mixture of olive oil and balsam (sweet-smelling ointment) and is rubbed on the crown of the head.  It is a sign of sealing with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  The profession of faith which you make on behalf of your child at baptism will later be confirmed personally by your child in the Sacrament of Confirmation when Oil of Chrism will be used again.  The oils are blessed by the bishop around the time of Maundy (or Holy) Thursday.

White Garment

This garment (usually a white shawl) is a relic of the new clothes worn by Christians after baptism in the first centuries.  It is a sign of innocence and the new life of resurrection.

Candles

These symbolise Christ – the Light of the World.  The baptismal candle is lit from the paschal candle, which stands near the altar at Easter as a sign of the risen Christ.  The baptismal candle reminds us that the light of Christ has entered the child’s life; and its flame symbolises the flame of faith which will burn through the life of your child.

Baptismal Register

Your baby’s baptism will be recorded in the parish Baptismal Register.  In the years ahead proof of baptism may be obtained in the form of a certificate issued on the basis of this registration.  Your child’s confirmation, marriage or ordination will also be noted alongside this entry in the register.

Contact us regarding a Baptism

Alternatively, you can phone Angela at 051-830813 during office hours 10am to 1pm – Monday to Friday.