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.
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.
To allow for preparation for your child’s baptism, parents are asked to give three week’s notice to the Parish Office.Parents who wish to have a child baptised are required to attend a pre baptism course which is held on the first Tuesday of every month except during July & August. During the Covid Pandemic it may be held online. To book a place contact the Parish Office 051 830813.
All Baptisms including those celebrated by a visiting priest are to be booked through the Parish Office and registered in the Parish of Baptism. Otherwise the celebration of Baptism may not take place.
Visiting priests are very welcome to celebrate family occasions. However all visiting priests are required to contact the Parish Office in advance of these celebrations.
Baptismal Dates and Times in Ferrybank & Slieverue
Baptism will be celebrated on the Second Saturday of the month in Ferrybank at 4.30 pm & on the third Saturday of the month in Slieverue at 5 pm.
Occasionally there may be a change to these dates or times because of other celebrations such as Christmas & Easter, First Communion dates etc. Ferrybank and Slieverue Parishes reserve the right to change the date or time of the celebration of Baptism. Families will be given adequate notice should this be necessary.
Families of Parishioners living abroad who wish to have their children baptised should plan their travel to coincide with these dates and times
The dates of Baptism are as follows:-
Saturday 8th January
Saturday 12th February
Saturday 12th March
Saturday 2nd April
Saturday 21st May
Saturday 11th June
Saturday 9th July
Saturday 13th August
Saturday 10th September
Saturday 8th October
Saturday 12th November
Saturday 10th December
Saturday 15th January
Saturday 19th February
Saturday 19th March
Saturday 9th April
Saturday 21st May
Saturday 18th June
Saturday 16th July
Saturday 20th August
Saturday 17th September
Saturday 15th October
Saturday 19th November
Saturday 17th December
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 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.
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.