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BAPTISM

Welcome to our baptism page of the parish of Oughterard. We wish to explain to you

the meaning of this sacrament, what responsibilities are entailed by willingly bringing

your child forward to receive baptism, and how to prepare for the special day when your

child will be welcomed into the church as a child of God.

If you have understood all the various parts and are happy with them, then please

download the Baptism request form at the bottom of this page and deliver/email it to

the parish office. If you have questions, then please contact the parish priest for

clarification.

Looking for a Baptism cert re-issue from Oughterard, go to the

bottom of this page here HERE

Baptisms are being held every Sunday until the end of September 2021 to facilitate a “backlog”. They take place at 12:45 and 14:00.

Baptism

The  

Sacrament  

of  

Baptism  

is  

always  

a  

moment  

of  

great  

joy  

for  

a  

family  

as  

a  

new  

arrival  

into

their  

life  

is  

welcomed  

into  

the  

spiritual  

life  

of  

the  

family  

of  

God.  

Baptism  

marks  

the  

beginning

of  

a  

commitment  

to  

a  

life  

of  

faith  

lived  

out  

and  

supported  

by  

family,  

friends  

and  

the  

wider

Christian  

community.  

It  

makes  

the  

person  

who  

is  

baptised  

an  

adopted  

son  

or  

daughter  

of  

God

the  

Father  

and,  

with  

Jesus  

Christ  

as  

a  

brother,  

a  

co-heir  

to  

the  

Kingdom  

of  

Heaven.  

As  

the

child  

grows  

in  

understating  

and  

comes  

to  

greater  

appreciation  

of  

the  

content  

of  

their

Christian  

faith  

they  

will  

be  

supported  

in  

their  

faith  

by  

the  

celebration  

of  

other  

sacraments  

of

the   

Church   

such   

as   

Holy   

Eucharist   

and   

Confirmation.   

These   

Sacraments   

build   

on   

the

foundation  

laid  

at  

Baptism  

and  

on  

the  

faith  

formation  

given  

by  

parents  

and  

extended  

family

and  

the  

parish  

community.  

As  

the  

child  

grows  

into  

adulthood  

so  

too  

their  

full  

participation  

in

the  

life  

of  

the  

Christian  

community  

in  

their  

local  

parish  

is  

encouraged  

and  

fostered.  

The  

Grace

received  

at  

baptism  

is  

with  

us  

all  

through  

life.  

It  

is  

our  

joy  

and  

duty  

to  

reflect  

upon  

its

significance and respond to it with willing hearts. This is the greatest use of our free will.

Why is Baptism important? It   is   good   for   us   to   “dip   into”   our   catechism   on   a   regular   basis,   a   rich   source   of   wisdom   and still very relevant (but which needs to be explained in everyday language)… Catechism   of   the   Catholic   Church   -   paragraph   1223:   All   the   Old   Covenant   prefiguration’s   find their   fulfilment   in   Christ   Jesus.   He   begins   his   public   life   after   having   himself   baptized   by   St. John   the   Baptist   in   the   Jordan.   After   his   resurrection   Christ   gives   this   mission   to   his   apostles: "Go   therefore   and   make   disciples   of   all   nations,   baptizing   them   in   the   name   of   the   Father   and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you." What   this   says   is   that   all   of   history,   all   of   our   hope,   leads   to   and   springs   from   Jesus   the   Son   of God.   He   led   by   example,   plunging   into   the   waters   of   the   Jordan,   and   called   us   to   baptise   all nations.   We   are   following   his   call   when   we   bring   our   children   to   the   baptism   font,   as   our parents    brought    us,    and    our    grandparents    brought    our    parents…and    we    do    so    because baptism   offers   us   the   gift   of   all   gifts,   eternal   life.   This   life   is   fulfilled   in   heaven,   but   it   begins here   and   now,   amid   all   the   hustle   and   bustle   of   our   lives.   This   is   because   God   is   always   to   be found in the present. All   gifts   have   responsibilities   attached,   we   now   look   at   the   roles   of   certain   key   people   of   the child to be baptised.

The Role of Parents

Parents  

are  

the  

primary  

carers  

and  

educators  

of  

their  

own  

children.  

They  

know  

their  

own

children  

best  

and  

are  

best  

placed  

to  

provide  

for  

their  

needs.  

Similarly,  

children  

look  

first  

to

their  

own  

parents  

as  

they  

seek  

role  

models  

to  

copy.  

This  

is  

especially  

true  

when  

it  

comes  

to

faith  

practice  

and  

participation.  

When  

parents  

ask  

to  

have  

their  

child  

baptised  

they  

are

committing  

themselves  

to  

being  

models  

of  

faith  

to  

inspire  

their  

child.  

But  

they  

do  

not  

do  

this

alone.  

Grandparents,  

Godparents,  

relations  

and  

the  

entire  

Christian  

community,  

made  

visible

in  

the  

parish  

community,  

all  

play  

a  

part  

in  

witnessing  

to  

the  

Christian  

faith  

by  

what  

they  

say

and  

do.  

In  

addition  

to  

being  

a  

model  

of  

faith  

for  

your  

child,  

during  

the  

Baptism  

ceremony

parents  

are  

formally  

asked  

if  

they  

are  

willing  

to  

teach  

the  

faith  

to  

their  

own  

child  

so  

that  

they

can  

grow  

in  

their  

understanding  

of  

it.  

To  

be  

specific,  

they  

are  

asked  

if  

they  

will  

bring  

up  

their

children  

to  

follow  

God’s  

commandments  

as  

Christ  

taught  

us,  

by  

loving  

God  

and  

loving  

our

neighbour.

This  

is  

a  

serious  

undertaking  

and  

brings  

with  

it  

the  

responsibility  

to  

participate  

in  

the  

life  

of

the  

church  

in  

the  

local  

parish.  

For  

some  

parents  

having  

their  

child  

baptised  

can  

be  

a  

moment

of  

reintroduction  

to  

the  

faith  

for  

themselves.  

As  

you  

desire  

the  

best  

for  

your  

child,  

it's  

only

natural  

that  

you  

would  

wish  

to  

be  

able  

to  

realise  

that  

desire  

and  

provide  

the  

best  

of  

all

aspects  

of  

yourself,  

including  

your  

own  

faith.  

Don't  

worry  

if  

you  

feel  

a  

bit  

rusty  

about  

your

own  

faith:  

God  

helps  

all  

who  

seek  

Him  

to  

return  

and  

find!  

The  

parish  

priest  

is  

always  

willing  

to

support   

and   

assist   

you   

in   

this   

regard.   

Let   

us   

look   

at   

some   

concrete   

aspects   

to   

this

commitment on your part.

Sunday   is   the   Lords   day,   and   we   are   told   to   take   rest   so   that   it   is   set   apart.   It   is   so   important that   it   has   been   made   one   of   the   ten   commandments!   Due   to   our   complex   modern   society, there   are   essential   services   that   require   people   to   work   hard   on   a   Sunday   for   the   common good.   Doctors,   nurses,   essential   service   technicians   (and   priests   too)   along   with   a   very   long   list ensure   that   life   can   continue   in   its   essential   aspects   on   Sundays.   The   key   requirement   is   “for the   common   good”.   Unfortunately,   Sunday   has   become   another   market   day,   and   this   adds   to the   business   and   stress   people   are   always   talking   about.   To   “keep   holy   the   Sabbath   day”   allows us   time   to   reflect,   pray,   play,   relax,   and   unwind   with   family   and   friends.   Above   all,   it   should   be a   day   of   “giving   thanks”   for   all   the   good   things   we   have   received.   The   Sunday   mass   is   the   high point   in   giving   thanks   to   God   for   the   gift   of   life,   even   if   it   can   be   a   challenging   gift   at   times. Parents   who   bring   their   children   for   baptism   are   called   to   be   faithful   in   this   35-40   minutes   per week   to   give   thanks   as   a   family,   with   the   wider   community,   at   the   mass.   During   weekdays   too, times   of   prayer,   reflection   and   good   reading   at   home   are   all   valuable   additions   to   the   spiritual life and building peace.

The Role of Godparents

Being  

a  

Godparent  

is  

a  

great  

honour  

for  

any  

person  

and  

is  

a  

position  

of  

trust  

offered  

by  

the

parents  

of  

the  

child.  

The  

primary  

function  

of  

a  

Godparent  

is  

to  

assist  

the  

parents  

in  

the  

faith

formation  

of  

the  

child.  

This  

is  

done  

by  

supporting  

parents  

as  

they  

educate  

the  

child  

in  

the

ways  

of  

faith  

and  

by  

offering  

good  

example  

to  

the  

child.  

It's  

a  

nurturing  

and  

caring  

role  

which

underpins  

the  

good  

work  

done  

by  

parents.  

As  

with  

parents,  

Godparents  

likewise  

take  

on  

a

formal role and responsibility during the ceremony of baptism.

Since  

part  

of  

their  

responsibility  

is  

to  

teach  

the  

faith  

by  

word  

and  

example  

Godparents  

should

be  

familiar  

with  

the  

Christian  

faith  

themselves  

and  

be  

both  

baptised  

and  

confirmed.  

A  

person

who  

is  

not  

a  

Christian  

or  

who  

has  

made  

a  

conscious  

decision  

not  

practice  

the  

Catholic  

faith

may  

act  

as  

a  

witness  

to  

your  

child's  

baptism,  

but  

would  

not  

fulfill  

the  

important  

requirements

of  

the  

role  

of  

Godparent.  

Godparents  

are  

also  

role  

models  

given  

to  

the  

child;  

as  

such

Godparents  

need  

to  

be  

male  

and  

female  

and  

not  

both  

of  

the  

same  

sex.  

At  

least  

one

Godparent  

is  

required  

at  

Baptism.  

If  

that  

person  

cant  

be  

present,  

another  

person  

can  

stand  

in

as  

a  

proxy  

for  

the  

godparent.  

Remember  

that  

being  

a  

Godparent  

is  

not  

firstly  

a  

great  

honour

for  

your  

chosen  

family  

member  

or  

friend,  

but  

a  

great  

need  

of  

your  

child.  

Pray  

for  

guidance  

in

choosing the best man and woman for them.

What to do now?

Please  

contact  

the  

parish  

priest,  

firstly  

by  

email  

(see  

contact  

link  

on  

top  

of  

page)  

and  

then  

by

phone  

if  

you  

would  

like,  

to  

arrange  

a  

suitable  

Sunday  

(the  

first  

or  

third  

of  

the  

month  

at  

12:30,

of  

as  

time  

may  

apply).  

The  

email  

serves  

as  

part  

of  

the  

administration  

to  

help  

keep  

track  

of  

the

organisation  

of  

the  

sacraments.  

Having  

a  

baptism  

during  

Sunday  

mass  

is  

also  

most  

welcome,  

as

it  

allows  

the  

wider  

community  

of  

faith  

to  

join  

in  

the  

welcome  

of  

a  

new  

member  

of  

our  

faith

family.

You  

will  

find  

a  

Baptism  

Request  

Form  

link  

below  

which  

you  

are  

asked  

to  

complete  

and  

return

to the parish office at least 2-3 weeks in advance of your child's baptism.

Additionally,  

the  

parish  

priest  

will  

try  

to  

be  

available  

to  

meet  

with  

you,  

the  

parents,  

on  

the

Saturday  

evening  

before  

the  

baptism  

at  

5pm,  

in  

the  

parish  

offices.  

You  

must  

confirm  

that  

you

can  

make  

it  

by  

Friday  

midday.  

This  

is  

not  

obligatory,  

but  

recommended  

for  

your  

special

occasion.

Please download Baptism booking form

HERE

© Oughterard Parish 2017
The Parish of Oughterard

+353 91 55 22 90

BAPTISM

Welcome to our baptism page of the parish

of Oughterard. We wish to explain to you

the meaning of this sacrament, what

responsibilities are entailed by willingly

bringing your child forward to receive

baptism, and how to prepare for the special

day when your child will be welcomed into

the church as a child of God.

If you have understood all the various parts

and are happy with them, then please

download the Baptism request form at the

bottom of this page and deliver/email it to

the parish office. If you have questions, then

please contact the parish priest for

clarification.

Looking for a Baptism cert re-

issue from Oughterard, go to

the bottom of this page here

HERE

Baptisms are being held every Sunday until the end of September 2021 to facilitate a “backlog”. They take place at 12:45 and 14:00.

Baptism

The  

Sacrament  

of  

Baptism  

is  

always  

a  

moment

of  

great  

joy  

for  

a  

family  

as  

a  

new  

arrival  

into

their  

life  

is  

welcomed  

into  

the  

spiritual  

life  

of

the  

family  

of  

God.  

Baptism  

marks  

the  

beginning

of  

a  

commitment  

to  

a  

life  

of  

faith  

lived  

out  

and

supported   

by   

family,   

friends   

and   

the   

wider

Christian  

community.  

It  

makes  

the  

person  

who

is  

baptised  

an  

adopted  

son  

or  

daughter  

of  

God

the  

Father  

and,  

with  

Jesus  

Christ  

as  

a  

brother,  

a

co-heir  

to  

the  

Kingdom  

of  

Heaven.  

As  

the  

child

grows  

in  

understating  

and  

comes  

to  

greater

appreciation  

of  

the  

content  

of  

their  

Christian

faith  

they  

will  

be  

supported  

in  

their  

faith  

by  

the

celebration  

of  

other  

sacraments  

of  

the  

Church

such  

as  

Holy  

Eucharist  

and  

Confirmation.  

These

Sacraments   

build   

on   

the   

foundation   

laid   

at

Baptism  

and  

on  

the  

faith  

formation  

given  

by

parents   

and   

extended   

family   

and   

the   

parish

community.  

As  

the  

child  

grows  

into  

adulthood

so  

too  

their  

full  

participation  

in  

the  

life  

of  

the

Christian   

community   

in   

their   

local   

parish   

is

encouraged  

and  

fostered.  

The  

Grace  

received

at  

baptism  

is  

with  

us  

all  

through  

life.  

It  

is  

our

joy  

and  

duty  

to  

reflect  

upon  

its  

significance

and  

respond  

to  

it  

with  

willing  

hearts.  

This  

is  

the

greatest use of our free will.

Why is Baptism important? It   is   good   for   us   to   “dip   into”   our   catechism   on a   regular   basis,   a   rich   source   of   wisdom   and   still very   relevant   (but   which   needs   to   be   explained in everyday language)… Catechism   of   the   Catholic   Church   -   paragraph 1223:   All   the   Old   Covenant   prefiguration’s   find their   fulfilment   in   Christ   Jesus.   He   begins   his public   life   after   having   himself   baptized   by   St. John    the    Baptist    in    the    Jordan.    After    his resurrection    Christ    gives    this    mission    to    his apostles:   "Go   therefore   and   make   disciples   of all   nations,   baptizing   them   in   the   name   of   the Father   and   of   the   Son   and   of   the   Holy   Spirit, teaching    them    to    observe    all    that    I    have commanded you." What   this   says   is   that   all   of   history,   all   of   our hope,   leads   to   and   springs   from   Jesus   the   Son of   God.   He   led   by   example,   plunging   into   the waters   of   the   Jordan,   and   called   us   to   baptise all   nations.   We   are   following   his   call   when   we bring   our   children   to   the   baptism   font,   as   our parents    brought    us,    and    our    grandparents brought   our   parents…and   we   do   so   because baptism   offers   us   the   gift   of   all   gifts,   eternal   life. This   life   is   fulfilled   in   heaven,   but   it   begins   here and   now,   amid   all   the   hustle   and   bustle   of   our lives.   This   is   because   God   is   always   to   be   found in the present. All   gifts   have   responsibilities   attached,   we   now look   at   the   roles   of   certain   key   people   of   the child to be baptised.

The Role of Parents

Parents  

are  

the  

primary  

carers  

and  

educators

of  

their  

own  

children.  

They  

know  

their  

own

children  

best  

and  

are  

best  

placed  

to  

provide

for  

their  

needs.  

Similarly,  

children  

look  

first  

to

their  

own  

parents  

as  

they  

seek  

role  

models  

to

copy.  

This  

is  

especially  

true  

when  

it  

comes  

to

faith  

practice  

and  

participation.  

When  

parents

ask   

to   

have   

their   

child   

baptised   

they   

are

committing   

themselves   

to   

being   

models   

of

faith  

to  

inspire  

their  

child.  

But  

they  

do  

not  

do

this  

alone.  

Grandparents,  

Godparents,  

relations

and   

the   

entire   

Christian   

community,   

made

visible  

in  

the  

parish  

community,  

all  

play  

a  

part

in   

witnessing   

to   

the   

Christian   

faith   

by   

what

they  

say  

and  

do.  

In  

addition  

to  

being  

a  

model

of   

faith   

for   

your   

child,   

during   

the   

Baptism

ceremony  

parents  

are  

formally  

asked  

if  

they

are  

willing  

to  

teach  

the  

faith  

to  

their  

own  

child

so  

that  

they  

can  

grow  

in  

their  

understanding  

of

it.  

To  

be  

specific,  

they  

are  

asked  

if  

they  

will

bring    

up    

their    

children    

to    

follow    

God’s

commandments  

as  

Christ  

taught  

us,  

by  

loving

God and loving our neighbour.

This  

is  

a  

serious  

undertaking  

and  

brings  

with  

it

the  

responsibility  

to  

participate  

in  

the  

life  

of

the  

church  

in  

the  

local  

parish.  

For  

some  

parents

having  

their  

child  

baptised  

can  

be  

a  

moment  

of

reintroduction  

to  

the  

faith  

for  

themselves.  

As

you   

desire   

the   

best   

for   

your   

child,   

it's   

only

natural   

that   

you   

would   

wish   

to   

be   

able   

to

realise  

that  

desire  

and  

provide  

the  

best  

of  

all

aspects  

of  

yourself,  

including  

your  

own  

faith.

Don't  

worry  

if  

you  

feel  

a  

bit  

rusty  

about  

your

own   

faith:   

God   

helps   

all   

who   

seek   

Him   

to

return   

and   

find!   

The   

parish   

priest   

is   

always

willing  

to  

support  

and  

assist  

you  

in  

this  

regard.

Let  

us  

look  

at  

some  

concrete  

aspects  

to  

this

commitment on your part.

Sunday   is   the   Lords   day,   and   we   are   told   to take    rest    so    that    it    is    set    apart.    It    is    so important   that   it   has   been   made   one   of   the ten    commandments!    Due    to    our    complex modern    society,    there    are    essential    services that   require   people   to   work   hard   on   a   Sunday for     the     common     good.     Doctors,     nurses, essential   service   technicians   (and   priests   too) along   with   a   very   long   list   ensure   that   life   can continue   in   its   essential   aspects   on   Sundays.   The key    requirement    is    “for    the    common    good”. Unfortunately,    Sunday    has    become    another market   day,   and   this   adds   to   the   business   and stress   people   are   always   talking   about.   To   “keep holy   the   Sabbath   day”   allows   us   time   to   reflect, pray,   play,   relax,   and   unwind   with   family   and friends.   Above   all,   it   should   be   a   day   of   “giving thanks”    for    all    the    good    things    we    have received.   The   Sunday   mass   is   the   high   point   in giving   thanks   to   God   for   the   gift   of   life,   even   if it   can   be   a   challenging   gift   at   times.   Parents who   bring   their   children   for   baptism   are   called to   be   faithful   in   this   35-40   minutes   per   week   to give     thanks     as     a     family,     with     the     wider community,   at   the   mass.   During   weekdays   too, times   of   prayer,   reflection   and   good   reading   at home   are   all   valuable   additions   to   the   spiritual life and building peace.

The Role of Godparents

Being  

a  

Godparent  

is  

a  

great  

honour  

for  

any

person  

and  

is  

a  

position  

of  

trust  

offered  

by  

the

parents  

of  

the  

child.  

The  

primary  

function  

of  

a

Godparent  

is  

to  

assist  

the  

parents  

in  

the  

faith

formation    

of    

the    

child.    

This    

is    

done    

by

supporting  

parents  

as  

they  

educate  

the  

child  

in

the   

ways   

of   

faith   

and   

by   

offering   

good

example   

to   

the   

child.   

It's   

a   

nurturing   

and

caring   

role   

which   

underpins   

the   

good   

work

done  

by  

parents.  

As  

with  

parents,  

Godparents

likewise  

take  

on  

a  

formal  

role  

and  

responsibility

during the ceremony of baptism.

Since  

part  

of  

their  

responsibility  

is  

to  

teach  

the

faith  

by  

word  

and  

example  

Godparents  

should

be  

familiar  

with  

the  

Christian  

faith  

themselves

and  

be  

both  

baptised  

and  

confirmed.  

A  

person

who   

is   

not   

a   

Christian   

or   

who   

has   

made   

a

conscious   

decision   

not   

practice   

the   

Catholic

faith   

may   

act   

as   

a   

witness   

to   

your   

child's

baptism,   

but   

would   

not   

fulfill   

the   

important

requirements    

of    

the    

role    

of    

Godparent.

Godparents  

are  

also  

role  

models  

given  

to  

the

child;  

as  

such  

Godparents  

need  

to  

be  

male  

and

female  

and  

not  

both  

of  

the  

same  

sex.  

At  

least

one  

Godparent  

is  

required  

at  

Baptism.  

If  

that

person  

cant  

be  

present,  

another  

person  

can

stand    

in    

as    

a    

proxy    

for    

the    

godparent.

Remember  

that  

being  

a  

Godparent  

is  

not  

firstly

a  

great  

honour  

for  

your  

chosen  

family  

member

or  

friend,  

but  

a  

great  

need  

of  

your  

child.  

Pray

for   

guidance   

in   

choosing   

the   

best   

man   

and

woman for them.

What to do now?

Please  

contact  

the  

parish  

priest,  

firstly  

by  

email

(see  

contact  

link  

on  

top  

of  

page)  

and  

then  

by

phone  

if  

you  

would  

like,  

to  

arrange  

a  

suitable

Sunday  

(the  

first  

or  

third  

of  

the  

month  

at  

12:30,

of  

as  

time  

may  

apply).  

The  

email  

serves  

as  

part

of  

the  

administration  

to  

help  

keep  

track  

of  

the

organisation    

of    

the    

sacraments.    

Having    

a

baptism   

during   

Sunday   

mass   

is   

also   

most

welcome,  

as  

it  

allows  

the  

wider  

community  

of

faith  

to  

join  

in  

the  

welcome  

of  

a  

new  

member

of our faith family.

You   

will   

find   

a   

Baptism   

Request   

Form   

link

below  

which  

you  

are  

asked  

to  

complete  

and

return  

to  

the  

parish  

office  

at  

least  

2-3  

weeks  

in

advance of your child's baptism.

Additionally,   

the   

parish   

priest   

will   

try   

to   

be

available  

to  

meet  

with  

you,  

the  

parents,  

on  

the

Saturday  

evening  

before  

the  

baptism  

at  

5pm,  

in

the  

parish  

offices.  

You  

must  

confirm  

that  

you

can   

make   

it   

by   

Friday   

midday.   

This   

is   

not

obligatory,  

but  

recommended  

for  

your  

special

occasion.

Please download Baptism

booking form HERE