Baptism of Infants
Congratulations on the birth of your child. We know that this a special time for you and your family and we are delighted that you are considering Baptism in the Catholic Church. We, like you, believe that the Sacrament of Baptism is a decision for the lifetime of your child. We support you in your decision by providing a Baptism Preparation Programme.
The process begins with a parent/s making contact with the Parish Office, with a view to attending an Information Meeting. These meetings take place once a month in the Church.
Following the meeting, parents can arrange a date for Baptism through the Parish Office. No other arrangements, for example flights or hotels, should be made until the date for Baptism has been finalised.
At least one parent must be Catholic.
The Child’s Birth Certificate, along with a completed request form, must be provided to the Parish Office before Baptism. You will receive the request form at the Information Meeting.
We publish the upcoming dates 3 months in advance
As Balbriggan has a large young population, thankfully there are a great numbers of babies presented for Baptism each year. As a result it is not possible to have individual Baptisms but we do our best to make this wonderful event a personal and memorable day for each family. We find by Christening only six babies at each Ceremony we can achieve that.
Each child can have only one godfather and one godmother. Godparents must be over the age of 16, and have received the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Baptism for Older Children
For a number reasons, children may not have received the Sacrament of Baptism as infants. Parents are asked to contact the Parish Office who will meet and assist them in such situations.
Baptism for Adults
Adults who would like to be baptised into the Catholic Church are required to take part in a program of preparation. For more information, please contact the Parish Office.