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Baptism2019-11-05T13:06:34+00:00

Your Baby’s Baptism

Please supply the following details for Baptismal Register, download here.

Baptisms take place at the following times

Blackpool Church: First Saturday of every month at 4.00p.m.
Ballyvolane: Second and Third Saturday of every month at 4.00pm
The Glen: Fourth Saturday of every month at 4.00p.m.

If you wish to have your child baptised in one of the parish churches please download and complete this form and hand it into the Parish Office in Blackpool, where you will receive written confirmation of the date and time and a receipt for your contribution.

Please note that if you are not resident in the parish you will need to produce a letter of permission from your local priest.

Baptismal Certs

If you were baptised in the parish and need a baptismal cert you may call to the Parish office to order one or order it online here. Please click here to order online.

The Sacrament of Baptism

In the Sacraments we meet Jesus. Baptism is a Sacrament. Sacraments use familiar, everyday things, (like water, oil, bread, movement) to make real for us the presence of Jesus. Each day we use words and signs to communicate with one another.

God also communicates with us in the sacraments through words and signs. The signs used in Baptism are water, oil, white garment and light. When someone is baptised, that person is joyfully made a child of God the Father, a brother or sister of Christ, and a member of the people of God, the Church.


If you have any questions please email us at info@blackpoolparish.com


The Celebration of Baptism

The Baptism ceremony normally involves movement from one place in the church to another place. From the welcome at the door; to the top of the church; to the Baptismal Font; to the Altar, and then home. This is a journey, reminding us that the Christian life is a journey with and to the Risen Jesus. Because the design of some churches does not make this movement easy, the ceremony may be conducted in one designated area, usually near the baptismal font.

However, the norm will follow the steps outlined here:

Welcome

The priest greets the parents, godparents and friends who are waiting with the child, inside the door of the Church.

The parents declare that they want Baptism for their child, they give the baby’s name and promise that they will bring the child up in the Catholic faith and be good and practising Catholics themselves. The priest then signs the baby’s forehead with the sign of the cross and invites the parents and godparents to do the same.

Word

Those taking part in the ceremony now go to the front of the Church. If there is more than one family, each family takes a seat, with the mother holding her baby. All listen to readings from Scripture and some special prayers are said. (Ministers of the Word and/or family members may read the scriptures and prayers.) The saints are also asked to help and guide us. The priest anoints the child on the chest with the Oil of Baptism, as a sign that he/she is being set aside for a special friendship with Jesus. (Please have the top buttons undone to make it easier to anoint the child).

Water

After the water is blessed, parents and godparents and all present are asked to renew their Baptismal vows. Then the parents and godparents are invited to come around the Baptismal Font. The priest pours water on the child’s head, saying: “I Baptise you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

The child is then anointed on the forehead with the Oil of Chrism. The godmother assists in wrapping the child in a white Baptismal shawl. The child’s baptismal candle is lit from the large Easter Candle. This is handed to the parents with the words: “Receive the light of Christ.” The priest touches the child’s ears and mouth and prays that the child may soon hear God’s Word and praise Him in prayer.

Altar

In the final part of the ceremony, the family is invited to bring the baby, who has just become a new creation, a new person, to the altar.

In this action there is a pointing forward to Confirmation, the Mass and First Holy Communion. To share in the Mass is the privilege of the baptised. These Sacraments will complete the child’s entry into the Christian believing community.

This part includes the saying of the great prayer of the Christian community, the Our Father. Finally, special blessings for the baby, the parents and for all present are said. Parents are reminded that they will be the first teachers of their child in the ways of faith.

Registration of Baptism

After the ceremony, the parish priest records the baptism in the Baptismal Register of the parish. This record includes the full names of the child, parents and godparents, the child’s date of birth, the date of the baptism and the name of the officiating priest or deacon.

A Certificate of Baptism can then be issued by the parish as and when required. Please click here.


If you have any questions please email us at info@blackpoolparish.com


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Come to me all you that labour and are heavily burdened and I will give you rest.

God does not see as man sees; man looks at outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart.

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