Baptism

Congratulations on your new baby!

Congratulations on the birth of your child! The Parish Community shares in your joy. Thank you for wanting to have your baby join the family of the Church through Baptism.

To allow for preparation for your child’s baptism, parents are asked to give one months notice to the Parish Office.

Baptism Preparation

Parents seeking Baptism for their child, coming as they do from different places in the terms of faith and motivation, need the care and outreach of a welcoming faith community. Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish as a welcoming community, endeavours to support you in making the faith decision to baptise your child into the Catholic Faith. Our Baptismal Team will help your family to become familiar with the ceremony itself, with what is expected of you; they will explain the practicalities of the day, and answer any questions that might arise. 

When do Baptisms take place?

 The Sacrament of Baptism is administered in our parish on the Second Sunday of each month  in Enniskerry at 12 noon and in Kilmacanogue at 2pm.

How do I book a Baptism?

  • Please contact the parish office (Enniskerry/Curtlestown/Glencree 01 276 0030; Kilmacanogue 01 202 1882 )
  • IMPORTANT:  One months notice is required
  • View and Download Request For Baptism Form Below

Ideally, Baptism takes place in the parish where you live and worship, where Confirmation and Holy Communion will be celebrated.

A Time for Celebration and Joy!

Your baby’s baptism is a time for celebration and joy. And, naturally, you want the best for your baby. We want to help you plan and prepare for the baptism in the best possible way. Baptism is a birth into the Christian community and is in every way as solemn and important as birth itself. It’s an event that needs to be prepared for.

Whether you have done this before or not, please read on for some helpful ideas and tips.

  • View and Download the Baptism Points to Remember

What are the conditions for being a Godparent?

The minimum requirement is one Godparent for each child. However, a maximum of TWO Godparents are permitted per child. If there are two Godparents, one must be male and one female. The minimum age of a Godparent is 16. Godparents must be Baptised and Confirmed.

They must each have completed the Christian Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation & Eucharist) and be at least 16 years old* [ *exception to be made only at the discretion of Archbishop’s House, the Godparent must be mature enough to understand the role of Godparent.]

In the case of the above exception where a Godparent is under 16 years of age, the parents must write to the Archbishop requesting permission for this Godparent. Include in the letter — age of young person, date & place of his/her confirmation, reason for choice, relationship to child being baptised, date of baptism & telephone number of parents. Also include the name of Primary School and Secondary School attended.

If you cannot find TWO Godparents, a person can then be chosen as a Christian Witness and their name will be recorded in the Baptismal register and on the certificate as a Witness not a Godparent.

Requesting a Baptismal Certificate

To request a Certificate of Baptism held in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Register , please complete the corresponding form and email it to the Parish Office at stmarysparishoffice@eircom.net

The  parish office aims to provide the requested certificate(s) within two working days.

Please note there is a €10 administration charge, per request, payable on collection.

The certificates may be collected from the Parish Office: The parish office in Enniskerry is open Monday through Friday between the hours of 10am-1pm. The parish office in Kilmacanogue is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday between the hours of 10am-1pm

The Signs and Symbolism of Baptism

Sign of the Cross

A sign on something shows its origins or ownership. The sign of the cross is the mark of Christians for Jesus Christ died on the cross. parents and god-parents trace it on the child’s forehead to show that the baby belongs to Christ, who now offers his help and grace to face and overcome the sufferings of life.

Water

This is for cleansing and is a sign that our sins are washed away. Baptism cleanses us of original sin with which we are all born and, in the baptism of adults, of every sin committed prior to baptism. Water is also necessary for life and so is a sign, too, that the life of the risen Christ is ours.

Oils

Oil of Baptism is olive oil rubbed on the breast of the baby, just as athletes used to rub themselves with oil to strengthen and prepare for the fight ahead. Oil of Chrism is a mixture of olive oil and balsam (sweet-smelling ointment) and is rubbed on the crown of the head. It is a sign of sealing with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The profession of faith which you make on behalf of your child at baptism will later be confirmed personally by your child in the sacrament of confirmation when Oil of Chrism will be used again. The oils are blessed by the bishop around the time of Maundy (or Holy) Thursday.

White Garment

This garment (usually a white shawl) is a relic of the new clothes worn by Christians after baptism in the first centuries. It is a sign of innocence and the new life of resurrection.

Candles

These symbolise Christ – the Light of the World. The baptismal candle is lit formt eh paschal candle, which stands near the altar at Easter as a sign of the risen Christ. The baptismal candle reminds us that the light of Christ has entered the child’s life; and its flame symbolises the flame of faith which will burn through the life of your child.

Baptismal Register

Your baby’s baptism will be recorded in the parish Baptismal Register. In the years ahead proof of baptism may be obtained in form of a certificate issued on the basis of this registration. Your child’s confirmation, marriage or ordination will also be noted alongside this entry in the register.