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.
TO ARRANGE YOUR CHILD’S BAPTISM
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.
GOD-PARENTS FROM THE CODE OF CANON LAW
Choosing a God-parent/ Sponsor
There is a twofold purpose in having God-parents:
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.”
THINGS TO DO
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.
The new Christian wore the white garment for a week as a sign that he had taken on a new way of life.