“Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.” ~ Catechism of the Catholic Church §1213

When?

Baptisms take place in St Malachy’s Church, Ballymoyer on the 1st Saturday of the month at 6.00pm.

How to book?

Bookings for the Sacrament of Baptism can be done online by using our booking form here

What next?

Our Baptism Team want to help you plan and prepare for the baptism of your child in the best possible way, by helping the family become familiar with the ceremony; to explain the role of Godparents and the practicalities of the day. It is necessary for Parents and Godparents to attend a pre-baptismal meeting in Parish Pastoral Room, 25 Priestbush Road, Whitecross on the Tuesday evening before the ceremony from 7.00pm-7.30pm.

Guidelines for choosing godparents

There may be one or two godparents (sponsors). When there are two sponsors, one must be male (godfather) and the other female (godmother). At least one sponsor must be Catholic. Godparents must be:

  • at least sixteen years old
  • baptised, confirmed and have received the Eucharist
  • living an upright life
  • someone other than either parent

A baptised non-Catholic, although he/she may not be a sponsor, can be a ‘Christian Witness’ for the child as long as there is at least one other Catholic sponsor.