Congratulations on the birth of your child.  The Christian community of Horeswood / Ballykelly are happy that you want to have your child baptised and become part of our Church.


Baptisms are celebrated in Horeswood church on the First and Third Saturday of the month at 4.oopm and in Ballykelly on the Second and Fourth Saturday of the month.

Please contact the Parish Office (Tel. 051/388129 to arrange a date.


If you live outside of the Parish of Horeswood you will need to get a Letter of Permission from your parish priest in order to have your child baptised here.





Choosing a God-parent/ Sponsor


There is a twofold purpose in having God-parents:

  1.             To assist the parents in discharging their duty as Christian parents
  2.             To be a model in Christian living for the child in question.

Hence it is clear that some people may not be suitable


What the Code of Canon Law States:

873 One sponsor is sufficient, but there may be two.

874 A sponsor must be:

•    not less than 16 years of age (exceptions can be made by 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 sponsor and simply as a witness to the baptism.



“The greatest day in the life of a pope
is not his coronation but his baptism,
the day of his mission
to live the Christian life
in obedience to the gospel.” 

Cardinal Suenans




Book a date with the Parish office (051 / 388129) and fill in the Baptismal Registration Form and return it to the office before the Baptism

Get a Baptismal Candle (it is normal to have a candle for each child)

Arrive at the Church on time.



The ceremony is divided into the following sections.


Sign of the Cross


The child is given a name.

The Liturgy of the Word

Prayers of the Faithful

Litany of the Saints

Anointing with the Oil of Catechumenate

Blessing of the Water

Renewal of Baptismal Promises


Anointing with the Oil of Chrism

In the Old Testament priests and prophets were anointed and so they were set apart for special service. Likewise, the newly baptised are special as they are now children of God.

Putting on of the Baptismal Robe

The new Christian wore the white garment for a week as a sign that he had taken on a new way of life.

Lighting of the Baptismal Candle

Ephata Prayer

Our Father

Final Blessings