Welcoming your child into the Christian community

Every parent wants the best for their child.  The birth of a baby causes us to pause and reflect on what we hope for this new life entrusted to us.

For Christians, this hope is expressed in baptism and the invitation it offers the child to share in the life and Spirit of God.  God also wants the best for every one of us and this desire is shown in the life and words of Jesus Christ. Traditionally, for Christians, the arrival of a new baby means a baptism.

The Meaning of Baptism

  • Baptism welcomes the child into the family of God following the instruction of Jesus Christ to go and Baptise in the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
  • Offers the public naming of your child for all to hear.
  • Offers the recognition of chosen adults as godparents.
  • Offers friends, family and the wider community a chance to welcome the new arrival and voice their support for the family.

At the heart of baptism, though, is the initiation into the Christian community – the Church. To be baptised is to become a Christian and experience, for life, both the blessings and the responsibilities of that commitment.

Baptism Dates and Arrangements

Baptisms are carried out in our Parish every Sunday in Duleek Church at 12.45pm and Bellewstown Church at 10.45am.

To book your child’s Baptism please contact the Parish Office.  The parents will be asked to collect a Baptismal Registration Form and bring a photocopy of the child’s Birth Certificate along with photographic identification.

Duleek Parish