Our Baptism Policy
Baptism is one of three sacraments which lay the foundations of the Christian life. The other two are Eucharist and Confirmation. Here is a very nice summary of the meaning of baptism in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. (Part Two: Section Two: Chapter One: paragraph 1213) – ‘Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the spirit…, 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”.
It is a wonderful and blessed thing to seek to have your baby Baptised. Keep in mind that Baptism is about being actively part of the life of the Church. The best expression of this is attending Mass each Sunday. if you do not attend Sunday Mass you really should begin to do so BEFORE requesting to have your baby Baptised.
When do Baptisms take place?
First Saturday of each month at 5pm
First Sunday of the month at 1.15pm
Third Saturday of each month at 5pm
Third Sunday of the month at 1.15pm
How do I book a Baptism?
The Sacrament is celebrated communally in the parish church. It is a requirement that couples planning to have their baby baptised attend a Pre-Baptism Preparation Meeting. This meeting takes place on the last Wednesday of each month at 8.30pm in St.Etchen’s School, Kinnegad. We require 3 weeks notice from the date of completion of the Pre-Baptism meeting to the date of the Baptism. This is to allow some time for reflection and prayer in anticipation of the Sacrament.