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Baptism Preparation Programme

Congratulations and Thanks

Congratulations on the arrival of your new baby! Our parish community joins you in thanking God for the gift of new life. The birth of your child is a very special joy for you and the Church is glad to share this joy with you.

Every parent wants the best for their child. The birth of your baby causes you to pause and reflect on what you hope for this new life entrusted to you. For Catholics this hope is expressed in baptism and the invitation it offers your child to share in the life and Spirit of God. As parents, you are the first and most important teachers of your child’s faith and spirituality. You nourish God’s gift of faith in your child and make it come alive for them by living and sharing your faith with them. Your child will be carried to the baptismal font by your faith.

Preparing for Your Child’s Baptism

Your preparation has already begun, by the fact that you are considering bringing your child forward for Baptism.  The programme we invite you to take part in spans a period of 3 months in advance of the Baptism and a life time beyond that.

Our preparation with you begins when you call the parish office (01 2819658). Una is there to guide you in the necessary steps.  We will offer you a position in one of our scheduled ceremonies at a date, time and location that is available and suits your needs.

Una will require your contact details and she will send an information pack to you containing the date you have chosen but also two other dates, those of the preparation meeting and the welcoming ceremony.  You will need to return a registration form, contained in the pack, to secure the date and in doing so you confirm you are available to take part in the different elements of the preparation programme.

The following is an outline of the programme steps:

Preparation Meeting

The preparation meeting takes place on the last Wednesday of each Month in the Parish Centre, Kilian House Family Centre, Greystones. The Parish Centre is located beside Holy Rosary church.  Car parking is available at the rear of the church.

The meeting associated with the date for your child’s Baptism will take place 2 months preceding the Baptism. For example, if your child’s Baptism ceremony is in July then you will take part in the meeting on the last Wednesday of May.

The meeting is for all parents who will have a child Baptised in that month. You, therefore, will meet with other parents there. Please note that the Godparents of your child are very welcome to attend this meeting.

You will have received a document, in the information pack, ‘Questions for Baptismal Program Session’. We encourage you to take time to discuss and consider these questions in advance of the meeting.

The meeting will follow the following general format:

  • You will sit with a group of parents who are scheduled for the same Baptism ceremony as you.
  • There will be three parts to the meeting and each part will involve group discussion based around the questions provided to you in the information pack followed by feedback from the group and then some input around the theme of that part:
  1. Baptism.  What does it mean to you?
  2. Faith / Community – Parents Responsibility
  3. Welcoming Ceremony – What takes place
  • Opportunity for Q & A

 The Welcoming Ceremony

The welcoming ceremony is part of the celebration of baptism in the community.  It is intended to be a way of introducing the children to the Christian community to which they will belong and become a part of, as they grow in their faith.

The welcoming ceremony will take place as part of the Sunday Mass on the 2nd Sunday of the month before the month of Baptism of the child. For example, if your child’s Baptism ceremony is in July then you will take part in the Welcoming Ceremony on the 2nd Sunday of June.

It will take place within the 10:30am Mass in St. Anthony’s, Kilcoole for Baptisms taking place in Kilquade parish (St. Joseph’s Newtown, St. Patrick’s Kilquade or St. Anthony’s Kilcoole).

The first stage of baptism will be celebrated at this Mass.  You will present your child to the community to be welcomed and your child will also be anointed on the heart at this time. Please note that the Godparents of your child and other family members are very welcome to come to this ceremony.

Baptism Dates

Baptism ceremonies take place on different dates in one of the three centres in Kilquade parish.

  • Newtown: 1st Sun of the month @ 12:15pm
  • Kilquade: 3rd Sun of the month @ 1:30pm
  • Kilcoole:   4th Sun of the month  @ 1:30pm

After The Baptism Ceremony…

As your child grows it is important to pray with them, share some bible stories (maybe purchase a Children’s Bible), visit the Church to light a candle for someone who is sick, attend Mass…etc.

We pray God’s Blessing upon you as together with your child you continue your life journey in growing in faith….

Registration of Baptism

The parish records the baptism of your child in the Baptismal Register of the parish. This record includes the full names of the child, parents and godparents, the child’s date of birth, the date of the baptism and the name of the officiating priest or deacon. A Certificate of Baptism will be sent to you by the Parish Office after the ceremony.  Please keep this in a safe place, as proof of baptism may be required at a later stage in your child’s life.