‘Where it all begins’
Shortly after becoming Pope in 1978 John Paul II made an historic visit to his homeland. His journey took him back to his roots – his native parish where he had been born and raised. There he was pictured in a small, remote rural church gazing prayerfully into an old stone baptismal font. The caption underneath told everything:
‘This is where it all began.’
Here, in the Parish of Celbridge and Straffan , we believe that the welcoming of a new Christian among us is truly a cause for celebration. We hope that the information on this page will help you discern if this is the pathway for you.
Things To Know
What we believe: In Baptism we are invited to share in the life of Jesus, the Christ. The main symbol of Baptism, pouring water or (better), immersion in water, is not primarily a sign of being washed clean of sin, although original sin and all personal sins are forgiven in Baptism. Rather, it tells us about death and new life. Going under the water in Baptism symbolizes dying to the old life and sin. Coming up again is like rising to a new life in God. This is ‘where it all begins’.
Infant Baptisms:Baptisms are celebrated in St Patrick’s Church each Sunday at 2.00pm and in St Brigid’s Church on the last Sunday of the month at 12.15pm . It is usual for children to be baptised in the parish where they live, or where they worship (their local Christian community). Contact should be made to the sacristy at least six weeks beforehand, as a time of preparation is needed.
Adult Baptism:our faith Community welcomes adults who wish to become Catholic. The preparation of adults to receive Confirmation (and to be in Communion) is known as the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Adult Baptism, especially, lets us see that we are not just adding one more member, but we are accepting into our family somebody with a history that enriches ours, somebody with gifts and graces that we lacked before. We get to know something about God that we didn’t know before. It reminds us that Baptism isn’t just for the individual – it’s a gift to the believing community. For more information please contact the sacristy.
Preparation for parents & godparents: It is conducted by our parish baptism team. Baptism is about becoming a member of our Christian family. This is coordinated in our parish by our Baptism Team. If this is something you are considering please contact Bernadette at 01-6288827
Godparents:There are many reasons behind the choice of godparents, and various understandings of what the role of godparents actually is. For the Christian Community the role of the godparent has a twofold purpose:
i. To assist the parents in discharging their duties as Christian parents.
ii. To be a model of Christian living to the child in question.
Hence some people may not be suitable as godparents.
Choosing a sponsor/godparent… from the Code of Canon (Church) Law
One sponsor is sufficient, but there may be two (male and female).
A sponsor must be:
– not less than 16 years of age (exceptions can be made by the Bishop, Parish Priest.)
– be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has received the Blessed Eucharist, and who lives a life of faith.
– a baptised person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted but only in company with a Catholic sponser and simply as a witness to the baptism.
What to do next:
If you would like to explore the journey to baptism in our parish please contact Bernadette on 01 6288827 and she will make an appointment for you to meet a member of our Baptismal Team.