Congratulations and Thanks
Congratulations on the birth of your child! The Parish Community shares in your joy. We are delighted that you wish to introduce your child to Jesus and his community of followers. He makes known to us the greatest love of all which you will soon see reflected in the first smile of your precious child.
We will be delighted to assist you with the Baptism of your baby. Please call to the Parish Office and pick up a Baptismal Form or download the form for either St. Paul’s here or Butlerstown Church here. Fill in the details required for the ceremony and for the Baptismal Register. Please call to the Parish Office with the completed form to book the Baptism. It is important to look at the Baptismal dates available and to choose one suitable to your situation. Dates for Baptism in St. Paul’s and Butlerstown Parishes are listed below. A mimimum of three week’s notice is required when booking a Baptism in St. Paul’s or Butlerstown Parishes.
Baptism Preparation Meetings
It is now the policy of the Parishes of St. Paul’s & Butlerstown that all those who are presenting a child for Baptism should attend a pre-Baptismal Meeting. Parents, and if possible, Godparents, should attend. During the meeting, Christian faith, the Sacrament of Baptism, and practicalities around the ceremony, are discussed and outlined. The meetings will begin at 8pm and finish at 9pm and will take place in St. Paul’s Parish Centre. Dates for Pre-Baptism Meetings are as follows:
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Babies are normally baptised in the Parish in which the family lives. However, people sometimes choose another church for particular reasons. There is no objection to this, but we do ask, for the sake of courtesy between parishes, that you obtain a note from your own Parish if you wish to have your baby baptised in a parish other than your own.
In recent years our parish has welcomed adult men and women who presented themselves for baptism. If you wish to explore the possibility of becoming a Catholic please contact any of the Parish Team. We will welcome you, and help you on your faith journey. We follow a programme called The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), and have a small team who will accompany those who apply.