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Sacraments / Baptism

Baptism booking is essential 

There is a limit to the number of baptisms at each ceremony so it is also recommended that you book early in order to get a date that suits you and your family members.

The Sacrament of Baptism takes place in our Parish as follows:

From 1st November 2023 (due to reduced number of Priests in our Parish)

First weekend of month         Cathedral

Second weekend of month     Killygarry

Third weekend of month        Butlersbridge

Booking essential at 049 4331404 Please give 4 to 6 weeks notice

Baby in Baptism Clothes

The Ritual of Baptism in the Catholic Church

Baptism is the one sacrament that all Christian denominations share in common. In the Catholic Church, infants are baptised to welcome them into the Catholic faith.


Baptisms in the Catholic Church usually take place on Sundays, in the early afternoon after all the Masses are over. In most cases, the parish priest or deacon administers the sacrament, anointing the person being baptized with oils, and pouring blessed water over the child or adult’s head not just once but three time.

There are five universal symbols of baptism: the cross, a white garment, oil, water, and light. Other familiar symbols include the baptismal font, scriptural readings and prayers, and godparents.

The Sacrament of Baptism

The signs used in Baptism are water, oil, white garment and light.  When someone is baptised they become a member of the Christian Community.

The Celebration of Baptism

The priest greets the parents, godparents and extended family members who have come to celebrate the baptism.

The parents declare that they want Baptism for their child, they give the baby’s name and promise that they will bring the child up in the Catholic faith and be good and practising Catholics themselves.  The priest then signs the baby’s forehead with the sign of the cross and invites the parents and godparents to do the same.

All listen to readings and prayers.

The priest anoints the child on the chest with the Oil of Baptism.

Next the baptism takes place when parents and godparents and all present are asked to renew their Baptismal vows. Then the parents and godparents are invited to come around the Baptismal Font.

The priest pours water on the child’s head, saying: “I Baptise you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

The child is then anointed on the forehead with the Oil of Chrism. The godmother assists in wrapping the child in a white Baptismal shawl.

The child’s baptismal candle is lit from the large Easter Candle.

This is handed to the parents with the words: “Receive the light of Christ.”

The priest touches the child’s ears and mouth and prays that the child may soon hear God’s Word and praise Him in prayer.

Cavan Parish Baptism

Entry in the Parish Baptism Registrar

During the following week the baptism will be recorded in the Baptimsal Register of the Parish.  
This record will include the christian name(s) of the child, names of parents and godparents, the child’s date of birth, the date of the baptism and the name of the officiating priest or deacon and the name of the church where the baptism took place.

A Certificate of Baptism will be issued by the parish when requested in writing or by email to   

Best to give at least a few days notice before you can call to collect it or send a Stamped Addressed Envelope with the requested details including name, date of birth, date of baptism and parents names to Parish Office, Presbytery, Farnham St., Cavan

In our Parish we list the names of those recently baptised on our Sunday newsletter.

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