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Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, the door which gives access to all the other Sacraments.
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, No 1213).

In the Catholic Church new members are initiated through the celebration of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. When one has received these three Sacraments they are full members of the Church.

 

Congratulations on the birth of your child!

To arrange for the celebration of Baptism please contact the Parish Office. Please note the following:

  • You are required to undertake a Baptism Preparation Evening, Please contact the Parish Office for up coming dates
  • Parents should bring with them on the day of the Christening (1) a White Shawl for use during the Baptism and (2) a Baptism Candle. Baptism Candles are available for sale from the Parish Office. 
  • If you wish to have your child baptized here and you are not living in the parish of Muckno, you are required to provide a letter of consent from the Parish Priest of the parish in which you are living. The letter must be left in the Parish Office 1 week pior to the Baptism. 
  • When choosing Godparents, parents are encouraged to reflect on the role of the Godparent, which is to be actively involved in the faith development of the child.
  • At least one sponsor, therefore, must be Catholic. A baptized person who belongs to another Christian denomination may act as a witness to the baptism.
  • Sponsors must not be less than 16 years of age and be of sufficient maturity to understand their responsible role.

·              Baptism is a community event, a celebration of the addition of new members to the Christian Family- the People of God. It is important that members of the wider family circle are included in the celebration, insofar as possible.

 

 Baptism Preparation Evening

The primary work of this team will be to meet with parents and their chosen godparents for a preparatory meeting which will take place in St. Mary's Church, on the 1st Wednesday, of every month. At this meeting, the Baptismal Team will explain the meaning of Baptism, its connection to faith and practice, as well as the various parts of the ceremony, so as to help parents and godparents to understand and appreciate in a deeper way the process of Christian initiation which has its beginning in baptism.

The Baptismal Team will meet with parents on the first Wednesday of every month at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre. The attendance of proposed godparents, where possible, is also envisioned. Details of subsequent meetings will be available in the parish bulletin or from Kathleen in the parish office.

Please note as and from March 2017 the Sacrament of Baptism in St. Mary’s Church & St. Patrick’s Church will be as follows

St. Patrick’s Church, Oram: every 3rd Saturday at 12.30pm

St. Maeldoids’s Church, Castleblayney: every 4th Sunday at 1pm

 

Occasionally, Baptisms may be celebrated at the Sunday Masses or other Liturgies such as the Easter Vigil. This is to emphasise the importance of Baptism in the life of the Church.