Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: ‘Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.’
Catechism of the Catholic Church §1213
Church of the Most Holy Rosary:
- 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays of the month at 1pm
- every Saturday at 4.30pm
St Colman’s Church, Ballintotis:
- 2nd Sunday of the month at 1pm
How to book – Application forms are available in the parish office and in the sacristy at the Church of the Most Holy Rosary.
‘Before the celebration of the sacrament it is of great importance that parents should prepare to take part in the rite with understanding.’ Rite of Baptism for Children
Preparation for baptism in our parish takes the form of home visits by faith friends, usually in the week before the sacrament will be celebrated.
After the Request for Baptism form has been returned to the parish office, parents will initially be contacted by the Baptism Team co-ordinator (Noelle Topley).
Arrangements will be made for two members of the Baptism Team (faith friends) to pay a short home visit of support and welcome. An explanation of the meaning of the sacrament as well as of the ceremony itself and its symbols will be given, and any questions will be answered. If the godparents are able to be present, their important role can be explained more fully. Understandably, their attendance may not always be possible. Guidelines for choosing godparents
There may be one or two godparents (sponsors). When there are two sponsors, one must be male (godfather) and the other female (godmother). At least one sponsor must be Catholic. Godparents must be:
- at least sixteen years old
- baptised, confirmed and have received the Eucharist
- living an upright life
- someone other than either parent
A baptised non-Catholic, although he/she may not be a sponsor, can act as a ‘Christian witness’ at the baptism provided there is at least one other Catholic sponsor.