­BAPTISM

“I have called you by your name, you are mine”

(The Book of Isaiah, Chapter 43 Verse 1)

Even before the birth of a child it is important to start planning for Baptism as after the birth there is so much to be done that things can become chaotic. It would be wrong to think of Baptism as something to be ‘got over and done with’ as quickly as possible. It is important to remember that when a child is baptized it is the beginning of his/her journey of faith.

For the parents this also means preparing themselves for the life journey of faith into which they are initiating their child. Registration of Baptism:- Your Child’s Baptism will be recorded in St. Martin’s Parish Baptismal RegisterA certificate issued on the basis of this registration will be supplied to you on the day of Your Child’s Baptism. Your Child’s Confirmation, Marriage or Ordination will also be noted alongside this entry in the register.

HOW TO BOOK A BAPTISM

1.      Submit the Child’s Name to the Parish Office (01) 4510160 and complete a Booking Form.Click here to download.

2.      Attend a Pre-Baptism Meeting with the Baptismal Team (held usually on 1st Tuesday in the Pastoral Rooms at 8:000 pm).

3.      Bring along a copy of the Child’s Birth Certificate.

4.      If living outside St Martin’s Parish bring a letter of permission from your own Parish.

The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated in St. Martin’s on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 12 noon and the 4th Sunday of each month at 1:30pm.  A minimum of 2 month’s notice should be given to the Parish Office Tel: (01) 4510160.  On occasions these dates will change so we ask you to contact the parish office before you make any other arrangements. 

Since September 2014 there is a slight change in the way Baptism is celebrated in the Parish. On the 3rd Sunday of each month at the 12.30am Mass, there is a ceremony of welcome and presentation of the candidates and their families.

At these Masses the Christian community welcomes the families who are preparing for the baptism of their child. The Mass incorporates 2 parts of the Baptism ceremony, the reception and welcome of the Child into their Parish and Christian Family and the anointing with the oil of Catechumens.

As a guiding principle, families who have booked the Sacrament of Baptism for March will take part in the ceremony of welcome on the 3rd Sunday of February those who have booked baptism for April will take part in the ceremony of welcome on the 3rd Sunday of March and so on.

For each Family, this liturgy is meant to be a positive experience of welcome to the parish where you belong and are part of, and to see that baptism is a moment in the family’s relationship to the larger Christian family of the Parish.

For the worshiping community gathered at Mass, this ritual is meant to deepen the realization that the sacrament of Baptism is more than just a family occasion; that it is an occasion in the life of our Christian and Parish community.

This brief and short ritual of welcome and anointing takes place at the start of the Mass after the opening hymn has been sung. The families and candidates gather around the altar. They are asked ‘What Name(s) have you given to your child’ and ‘What do you ask of God’s Church today for your child’ to which they respond ‘Baptism’. Then the sign of the cross is traced on the forehead of the child by the celebrant and a representative of the Parish Community. The child is anointed with the oil of catechumens and the ritual concludes.

The families return to their places in the Church and the Mass continues with the Gloria and Opening Prayer.

While this ritual already happens in a number of parishes throughout the Diocese, it forms part of the Dublin Diocesan Baptismal Programme which was piloted in some parishes earlier this year.

Thank you to the members of our Parish Baptism team for their kindness and dedication in both preparing and meeting with the families for this important moment of faith for them and the community of                                                      St. Martin’s.   It is very much appreciated.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING THE FAMILIES AND THEIR CHILDREN FOR THE CEREMONY OF WELCOME AND THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM IN ST. MARTINS CHURCH IN THE MONTHS AHEAD.

 

 

Baptism Dates - click here: Baptismal Dates 2017