St. Patrick's Parish

Dalkey

Diocese of Dublin

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Holy Baptism

At St. Patrick's anyone who seeks to be baptized, or to have a child baptized, is welcome without regard to their church membership, their faith tradition or other factors.

 

 

Frequently asked questions?

 

Q What is the difference between a baptism and a christening?

A None, they are just different words for the same thing.

 

Q Can we have a private service of baptism?

A Baptisms usually take place at the church’s main service, because it is a public declaration that your child has become part of the church family. It is also important that the church family is there to support and welcome your child.

 

Q What is the right age for baptism?

A Baptism can happen at any age. What matters is that those concerned believe it is right to ask for baptism. Teenagers and adults may also be baptised. This is celebrated with confirmation by the Bishop.

 

Q What does it cost?

A The Baptism service is free.

 

Q What is a godparent?

A Godparents make the same promises on behalf of the child being baptised as parents. Godparents promise to pray and support the child and to help the parents to bring up the child in the Christian faith. It is an important and responsible role.

 

Q How many godparents should I have?

A You should have at least three: traditionally two of the same sex as the child and one of the opposite sex. Parents can also be godparents.

 

Q Who should I choose to be a godparent?

A Godparents can be family members or friends. However, it is important that you choose people who will take an interest in your child’s spiritual welfare and who will pray for your child. They should be baptised themselves.

 

Q Does being a godparent involve being a legal guardian as well?

A No, the roles are quite separate (although some godparents might be asked to fulfil both roles).

 

Q I would like to proceed what should I do next?

A If you would like to be baptized, or to have a child baptized, please speak with the Rector. St. Patrick’s generally celebrates Holy Baptism on the first or third Sundays of the month. You can access a copy of the baptismal application form by clicking here.

 

Q I lost my baptismal certificate, can I get a replacement?

A Yes you can, please contact the Parish Office.

 

 

 

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