Welcome to the Sacrament of Baptism

Welcome to the Sacrament of Baptismalt

"There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism,

and one God who is Father of all,

over all, through all and within all" (Eph. 4:6)

The birth of a child is a very special and joyous occasion for parents. The Church in the parish are very glad to share this joy and warmly encourage people's wish to have their child baptised and received into the Catholic Church.

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Understanding and Living out the Call of Baptism

Understanding the Sacrament of Baptism.

The Church sees Baptism as the first important step on the Christian journey. On the day, your child was born, he/she was welcomed into their family. On the day of baptism, they are welcomed into the bigger family of the Lord, the Church. In baptism we enter a unique and special relationship with the person of Jesus Christ, and we try to live out that relationship in and through the people around us.   Or put another way … In Baptism we become

· A son/daughter of God the Fatheralt

· A brother/sister of Jesus Christ

· A temple of the Holy Spirit

· A member of God’s family, the Church.

During the ceremony of Baptism, we use many symbols which are explained here:

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Planning Your Child's Baptism

Arranging a Baptism

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As Parents, it is your faith that carries your child to the baptismal font. This is why the Church insists that children will only be baptised where there is a well founded hope that they will be brought up in the Catholic faith.

It is the Parents who take the baptismal promises for their child. It is a promise made before God and the gathered Church. For this reason, baptism can only be celebrated if parents, are committed to and practising their faith on a regular basis.

Parents who are not practicing their faith on a regular basis at present and who present their child for baptism may be asked to wait for a period of time to renew the practice of their own faith. This time offers them an opportunity to reflect on the commitment you are about to make before God on behalf of your child.

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Celebration of Baptism

Guidelines for the Day of Baptism

ddThe following are a list of items that are essential on the day of Baptism:

Godparents:

The role of Godparents is to support the parents in bringing up your child in the Catholic Faith. For this reason, Godparents must be practicing Catholics who have been confirmed.

Baptismal Shawl:

The Baptismal Shawl is required at the celebration. It symbolises our new life in Christ and being embraced by God's Love.

Baptismal Candle:

The Baptismal Candle is lit from the Paschal candle, which is a sign for the Risen Christ. The Baptismal candle is a symbol of the living presence of Christ in your child. This light is entrusted to you to be kept burning brightly so that your child will always walk in the ways of the Risen Christ.

Baptismal Certificate:

A Baptismal Certificate will be sent to you after your child's baptism. Please keep this in a safe place as proof of baptism may be required at a later stage in your child's life. (Baptism Certificates available at Parish Centre Office €5)

If you require any further information please see Fr Paul, Deacon Tim or Mary, Pastoral Care, after Sunday masses. Currently, due to Covid 19 there is a booking system in place to attend mass.  You can book your seat by calling the Parish Office at (01) 8213218 on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday between 11 and 12 noon. We look forward to meeting you and supporting you through the celebration of Baptism for your baby.

 
Your Child is Baptised - Where to now?

Nurturing and Sharing the Gift of Faith with your child:alt

So, your child is baptised and what now? Even though you feel you baby may have no awareness of what faith is about at this early stage, now is a time for you to begin an expression of faith with your child in your home.  As parents, you will gain confidence in expressing your faith and learning to share it in small ways with your child now, which will help you grow with them giving a sense that faith is ‘what we do’ in our home. Itis a normal way of life just as we teach our children to wash our hands before dinner, we teach our children that as a family we learn to pray together and give thanks for everyone and everything we have in our lives.

Some simple activities could be:

Bless your baby/child making the sign of the cross on their forehead each night as they sleep or when they are older say a prayer with them before settling down at night.  Give them the gift of speaking to God in their own voice as well as eventually learning prayers that have been handed down to us, e.g., Our Father, Hail Mary and a favourite the Guardian Angel prayer.

Place a holy water font in your home where children can reach it and as they grow move it higher with them giving a sense of growing up as well as growing in faith.

When you are giving them colouring as an activity, there are many colouring pages that can be downloaded free from the web. Instead of the usual colouring images we give children, give them an image of Christ at the Nativity, growing up as a boy, Mary our Mother, Joseph, the seven days of creation Easter, Christmas, the Apostles or any of the lovely parable stories Jesus gave us. 

There are many beautiful and interactive books available that share faith with children; it opens their minds to the wonders of God’s love.

Give your child the experience of a vibrant faith community, where you as a family can join other young families and get to know God's love here on earth through sharing lifes experiences with like minded people.

See our Kids Page on this website for more resources too.

Strengthening our own faith takes courage, commitment, time, and support. St Mochta’s faith Community is with you in your endeavours. You and your family are in our prayer and be assured of God’s Blessing upon you as you give your child the precious gift of faith. They will always have a friend in Jesus, no matter where they are through their lives.