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Please read the following explanation of the sacrament of Baptism; if you have

understood then please download the Baptism request form at the bottom of this page

and deliver/email it to the parish office - Thank You.

Looking for a Baptism cert re-issue from Oughterard, go to the bottom of this page here

HERE

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 life of the spiritual 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.

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.

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.

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). 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. 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

Please read the following explanation of the sacrament of

Baptism; if you have understood then please download the

Baptism request form at the bottom of this page and

deliver/email it to the parish office - Thank You.

Looking for a Baptism cert re-issue from

Oughterard,

go to the bottom of this page here HERE

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 life of the spiritual 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.

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.

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.

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). 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. 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