We would like to congratulate you on the birth of your new baby. This is a wonderful time for you and your family and should be a time of great rejoicing. A new human child, made in the image and likeness of God, has been brought into the world by you. Please God he/she will grow up to make you proud by what he/she comes to achieve but especially by the way he/she brings love and peace to all that enter his/her life. As a baptised member of the Christian community he/she will have the help he/she needs to this end.
In order to receive the salvation won for us by Christ, all we have to do is to turn our backs on sin and welcome God’s grace into our lives. Baptism is the the sacrament of initiation by which the Church allows us to do so. We thereby become members of the christian community which has the task of continuing the mission of Christ in proclaiming the Gospel and enabling God’s kingdom to come about. Jesus is at heart of the christian community and so what is really important for parents is to help their child to come to know him and be guided by his Spirit.
Arranging a Baptism.
Times Of Baptisms.
Saturday @ 12.00 noon
Sunday @ 1pm
Please call in to the Sacristy to book a baptism. (Sacristans are available Mornings 8.30Am – 11.30 AM)
There is at least two weeks notice required.
A copy of the State Birth Certificate and Proof of Parents ID must be produced when a Baptism is booked.
Baptism bookings cannot be taken over the phone.
Requirements for the Day
Please try to arrive well before the time arranged for the Baptism as delays can occur and then others are left waiting. In order that all present may experience God’s presence on the occasion give a good clear response when required, and also encourage your family to observe reverence in the Church especially when the water is being poured on the children of other families. Photographs may be taken only at that stage or after the ceremony is over. Please remember to bring a white baptismal shawl and a baptism candle.
One godparent who is a baptised Catholic and at least 18 years of age is required. There can be only one godfather and one godmother and the parents themselves cannot fill this role also. It is an important role and those chosen should be carefully selected. They will be expected to support the parents by taking a special interest in the child’s upbringing as a Christian until he is /she is confirmed. The name given to the child should also reflect this concern.
After the Baptism
Now that you have undertaken to pass on the faith to your child, and that she now is a baptised Christian, you will surely be looking forward to the day when he/she will receive Jesus in Holy Communion. It is is largely your responsibility to prepare him/her for this. So take practical steps like having religious pictures in your home, medals on their person and by trying to deepen your own relationship with Jesus. Read the Bible, pray and follow your conscience. If you can get more actively involved in the christian community, do so, as this will will help your child to want to play his/her part also.
Adult initiation and Baptism of older children
We welcome enquiries from adults who take an interest in our religion and would be glad to meet them and if they think they might like to join our Christian community we will arrange to meet them further. Adults who are preparing for Baptism follow the Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) which normally takes a year or more to complete. Children of 6 years or over are also required to be prepared, and this can only be done if one of the parents is already a Catholic.
Privacy Notice – Baptism
As are delighted to welcome you into our parish community. The Parish is responsible for ensuring the safety and security of your personal data and everything we do with your personal data is processing in line with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and the Data Protection Law (2018).
Who we are?
The Parish is part of the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin and is a registered charity (charity no. CHY7424). The Parish Priest/Administrator/Moderator is the data controller for the parish, in other words he is the person responsible for making sure your data is safe and secure.
Who does this Statement apply to?
Children and adults receiving the Sacrament of Baptism, their parent/guardians, godparents/sponsors, staff and clergy of the parish and/or visiting clergy.
What personal data to we gather?
Name of person receiving baptism, address, date of birth, parent(s)/guardian(s) names and contact details, name and contact details of sponsors.
What is your Personal Data Used for?
- To facilitate the reception of the Sacrament of Baptism;
- To prepare parents, godparents, candidates for the reception of the sacrament;
- To record details of the event in the parish registers;
- The first name(s) of the baptised will be published in the parish newsletter to welcome them into the parish community.
What is the Legal Basis for Processing your Personal Data?
- Legitimate interest where processing relates solely to members or to persons who have regular contact with us in connection with our purposes and that this personal data is not disclosed to third parties without your consent;
- Processing is carried out by a not-for-profit body with a religious aim provided that the processing relates to congregation members or former members (or those who have regular contact with the Parish in connection with those purposes);
Sharing your Personal Data
Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential. We will only share your data with third parties outside the parish with your consent or when we are legally obliged to do so. In the case of Confirmations, Marriages and Holy Orders, information will be shared with the parish the data subject received their baptism, if different, for entry in the Baptismal Register.
How long do we keep your Personal Data?
The copy of the birth cert. will be destroyed as soon as the entry has been made in the Baptismal Register. Forms used to facilitate the reception of Baptism will be destroyed no later than one year after the individual has been baptised. The hardbound Baptism Register is kept permanently.
Your Rights and Your Personal Data
Under the Data Protection Regulations, you have many rights including the;
- Right of Access – You have the right to access information we hold about you.
- Right of Correction – You have the right to correct information that is inaccurate or incomplete.
- Right of Erasure – In certain circumstances you can ask for data that we hold about you to be erased i.e. the right to be forgotten.
- Right to Restriction of Processing – Where certain conditions apply, you have the right to restrict processing of your personal data
- Right of Portability – Subject to certain circumstances, you have the right to have any data that we hold about you transferred to another organisation where we hold it in electronic form.
- Right to Object – You have the right to object to certain types of processing of data.
- The Right to lodge a complaint with the Data Protection Commissioner’s Office.
Review and amendment of our privacy statement
The Parish reserves the right to review and amend this statement at any time without notice.
To exercise any relevant rights, queries or complaints please contact the Parish Office.
You can contact the Diocesan Data Protection Offices at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (01) 8087509.
You may also contact the Data Protection Commissioner Office on 00-353-57-8684800 or Lo-call 1890-252-231 or by e-mail email@example.com by Post to; Data Protection Commissioner, Canal House, Station Road, Portarlington R32 AP23 Co. Laois or their Dublin Office, 21 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2 D02 RD28.