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 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.

Baptismal Dates and Times in Ferrybank & Slieverue

As of March 2020 and until further notice all Church Services are subject to Covid-19 public health and diocesan guidelines. Baptisms can be celebrated with a group of no more than ten people (including parents and Godparents & child) per family in Church. 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. 

Baptism will be celebrated on the Second Saturday of the month in Slieverue & on the third Saturday of the month in Ferrybank.

Baptism is celebrated only on the dates given. The Parishes reserve the right to change dates and times if  necessary.

The dates of Baptism are as follows:-



Saturday 10th October

Saturday 14th November

Saturday 12th December


Saturday 17th October

Saturday 21st November

Saturday 19th December



Saturday 9th January

Saturday 13th February

Saturday 13th March

Saturday 10th April

Saturday 8th May

Saturday 12th June

Saturday 10th July

Saturday 14th August

Saturday 11th September

Saturday 9th October

Saturday 13th November

Saturday 11th December



Saturday 16th January

Saturday 20th February

Saturday 20th March

Saturday 17th April

Saturday 15th May

Saturday 19th June

Saturday 17th July

Saturday 21st August

Saturday 18th September

Saturday 16th October

Saturday 20th November

Saturday 18th 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.


Drops Of Water, Water, Liquid, Fresh, Splash, Blue

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.

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