Congratulations to you and your family on the birth of your child, and welcome you to the celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism. Baptism is the first step of your child’s journey to God. During the celebration, you will be promising to bring up your child in the knowledge of God as a loving Father. You are making your child part of the wide Christian family, and this is why the link with the parish and the rest of the Church is so important before, during and after the celebration of Baptism. It is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation (the other two being Holy Communion and Confirmation). Once baptized, a person becomes a member of the church. Therefore In Ballyroan Parish, the child is greeted at the front door with parents and godparents, they are named and traced with the sign of the cross and brought forward to be welcomed by the church community at the 12 noon mass. The baptism takes place after the mass.
For Catholics, this Sacrament is not a mere formality – it is the very mark of a Christian since it brings us into new life with Christ.
Ballyroan Baptism Team has been set up to help you better understand and prepare for this occasion. A member of the team will contact you and organize a preparation meeting in your home, during which the symbolism of the ceremony and any questions you may have will be addressed. The celebration of Baptism can be a wonderful opportunity for you as Parents to renew your own commitment to Christ and renew your efforts in the Christian life. Our wish for you is that you may always be examples of inspiration to your child by the way you live your lives!
The Godparents will be undertaking to share with you the responsibility for handing on the faith to the child as he/she grows up, so choosing the right ones is a matter of great importance. They should be people to whom your child can look for Christian example and have made their confirmation. A child may have one Godfather and one Godmother. At least one of the Godparents must be a catholic. A baptized member of another Christian denomination may act as a Christian witness.
The Sacrament of Baptism is sometimes called the ‘Door of the Church’ because it is the first of the seven Sacraments given, in terms of both timing and priority since receiving the other Sacraments depends upon it.
If you wish to have your child baptized, please meet up with Fr. Peter after mass on Sunday and he will take it from there or call or email the parish office. Baptisms are held once a month with an additional ceremony over the Christmas and Easter. Because of a ‘Ballyroan Baby Boom’ we have to apply a ‘resident parishioner rule’ so that we facilitate our new parishioners. Those living outside the parish should contact their parish, as Baptism is an entry into a local Christian Community