© Oughterard Parish 2017
The Parish of Oughterard

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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   coheir   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   does   not   practice   the   Catholic   faith   may   act   as   a   witness   to   your   child's   baptism. 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.

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. It   is   possible   that   the   parish   priest   may   be   able   to   meet   with   he   parents   of   the   child   being   baptised   before   the   sacrament   takes   place.   However   it   is   not essential.   The   Saturday   evening   before   the   baptism   at   5   pm   is   one   such   possibility,   where   time   permits.   This   will   offer   the   chance   for   you   to   go   through what the rite of baptism and ask any questions you may have.

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© Oughterard Parish 2017
The Parish of Oughterard

+353 91 55 22 90

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   coheir   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   does not   practice   the   Catholic   faith   may   act   as   a   witness   to   your   child's   baptism. 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.

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. It   is   possible   that   the   parish   priest   may   be   able   to   meet   with   he   parents   of the   child   being   baptised   before   the   sacrament   takes   place.   However   it   is   not essential.   The   Saturday   evening   before   the   baptism   at   5   pm   is   one   such possibility,   where   time   permits.   This   will   offer   the   chance   for   you   to   go through what the rite of baptism and ask any questions you may have.