Baptism is the sacrament at which infants or converts are initiated into the Christian faith.
How to book a Baptism.
1. Submit the Child’s Name to the Parish Office (01 6638604) or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Complete a booking form and submit a copy of your child’s birth certificate.
2. Attend a Baptism Preparation Meeting with the Baptismal Committee (held on the first Wednesday of each month in the Parish Centre at 7:30 pm).
3. If you are living outside St Josephs Parish submit a letter of permission from your own parish.
Baptisms take place on the 1st Saturday of the month at 12:30pm. Please bring a Baptismal Candle.
Confessions will be heard after the 10.00 am & 6.30 pm Masses on Saturday.
Outside of these times if you wish to have your Confession heard please indicate this to any of the Priests who will oblige.
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Christian life begun in baptism must grow and mature, The sacrament of confirmation serves to strengthen and complete baptism and is there to develop, strengthen, and complete what has been begun in baptism.
On the day of your child’s baptism you brought them to the church and began their journey of faith. You stood before the priest and the community of the Church, represented by your family and friends and promised to ‘keep the flame of faith alive in their hearts’. You promised ‘to be the first teachers of your child in the ways of faith’ and Catholic up-bringing’. Over the last twelve years you have been responsible for teaching them their prayers, bringing them to Church, giving them the first lessons in right and wrong.
On the day of Confirmation it is time for children to take on the responsibility for their own faith. Before that day a Service of Light is held before the Confirmation ceremony. During this ritual, parents light again the candle that was first lit on the day of their child’s baptism and they then hand that candle to their son or daughter. The ritual symbolises the handing on the responsibility for their faith to the child. However, for parents and godparents it is not the end. Parents still have a great deal to do with the religious upbringing of their children, a responsibility which often remains throughout life. Parents will always pray for their children, and hopefully in a spirit of love and caring offer advice and encouragement from time to time.
Preparation for Confirmation
The first thing will be to fill in the Enrolment Form. This will be handed back at the Enrolment Mass which is normally at a Saturday Evening Mass 7pm in February. This is followed by the Ceremony of Light this will happen in your child’s school during school hours.
Who is present on the day of confirmation?
On the day of Confirmation the school is present with the teachers, the choir, the servers and all the others it takes to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. The teachers that are present have prepared the young people in the last year for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
It is the special function of the school to ‘enable young people, while developing their own personality, to grow at the same time in that new life which has been given to them in baptism’.
Also on the day of Confirmation the Christian Community is present once again.
The community of the particular parish plays its part in the journey of faith of the young people who are about to be confirmed. By virtue of their own Confirmation, the members of the community ‘are more perfectly bound to the Church and are endowed with the special strength of the Holy Spirit. ‘The parish is, without doubt, the most important place in which the Christian community is formed and expressed. It is the place where faith is born and grows’ All who help in the preparation for the day of Confirmation have helped the faith of candidates.
Your family and friends. Your child will also need a sponsor. The sponsor is normally a Parent or God Parent – someone your child admires that will continue to nourish and support them in their faith. Finally the Clergy are present – the Bishop and the Priests of the parish. The Bishop is the original Minister of Confirmation. The reason for this is to signify an obvious link with the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles at Pentecost. As the leaders of the Church, the bishops are the successors to the Apostles. In certain circumstances the Bishop may delegate the parish priest or another priest as an extraordinary minister of the sacrament, most usually the parish priest of the parish where the sacrament is taking place.
What happens on the day
The ceremony of Confirmation is in four parts: Presentation of the Candidates; Renewal of Baptismal Promises; The Laying on of Hands; Anointing with Chrism.
Presentation of the Candidates
After the Gospel the bishops and the priests take their seats. The parish priest or his delegate will present the candidates for Confirmation. The candidates are asked to stand and present themselves for receipt of the sacrament. This presentation of candidates is also part of the rite of ordination for a priest and bishop. It marks the willingness of the candidates to go forward and receive the sacrament that is about to be conferred on them.
They stand up by themselves in marked contrast to the day when they were carried to the Church on the occasion of their baptism.
Renewal of the Baptismal Promises
After a homily by the bishop, the young people are asked to stand to renew the promises made for them at Baptism by their parents and godparents. In Baptism we became children of God, followers of Jesus Christ, and members of the Church. In Confirmation we publicly profess our faith in God our Father and in Jesus Christ who sent us the Spirit to enable us to take part in the life and mission of the Church.
Laying on of Hands
The laying on of hands is the biblical gesture by which the Holy Spirit in invoked. The laying on of hands is used in Confirmation and in other sacraments. In Confirmation it evokes the invisible gift of the Holy Spirit given to us by God. The bishop accompanied by the priests present lay their hands on the children for Confirmation during the prayer:
Anointing with Chrism
The sacramental sign of Confirmation is the anointing with Chrism and the words ‘Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.’ This anointing is a sign that our whole being has been filled by the power of the Spirit. The oil used for this anointing is Chrism. Chrism is used in the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders: the head of the newly-baptised is anointed with chrism, the forehead of the person confirmed, the head and hands of a bishop at his consecration, and the hands of a priest at his ordination. It is used in the
consecration of churches, chalices, patens, altars and altar-stones.
First Holy Communion
Preparation First Holy Communion.
St Joseph’s Parish is runs a programme for First Holy Communion which takes children through the following:
The Priest, The Altar, The Church, The Mass, Reconciliation, (Confession) The Eucharist, (Communion) Respect and Faith Friendship and most importantly them, as children.
Each week they learn about these subjects which gives them an understanding of what happens at Mass and in their daily lives.
They also learn about the readings for our Sunday Mass through colouring sheets, activity sheets and stories.
This is a programme is for both parents and children together to give a better understanding of Reconciliation, The Mass, Holy Communion and themselves.
Weddings – How to Arrange a Marriage
Also, NAOMI (16 North Great Georges St. Dublin 1 tel. 01 8786156) offer an excellent Pre-Marriage Course.
What you need to know and do
The priests of the parish wish you every blessing and happiness on the occasion of your forthcoming marriage. The marriage of two people is a very special celebration. We hope that the following information will be helpful to you.
What Needs To Be Done?
When making preparations there seems to be so much to do. Yet when you really think about it, especially with regard to the Church, things are very straight forward and if you allow enough time all can be arranged without too much difficulty Book The Church
It is advisable to book the Church as early as possible. Make contact with the Parish Office and with the priest in charge of your area.
Preparation and Requirements*
The Family Law Act 1995 requires couples to give a minimum of three months notice to the State of their intention to marry. Once you have booked the Church, it is no harm to send this notification even one or two years in advance of the wedding. Without the notification to the State, the marriage will be not valid in civil law. A form can be got from your local Registrar and should be sent to him or her.
* N.B. New Legislation came into law recently. Please check with the local Registrar for
For the Dublin area the address is:
Registrar of Marriages,
8-11 Lombard Street East,
It is worth noting that the Church has for sometime required a minimum of three months
The next step is to book yourselves on a pre-marriage course. Again do not leave this to the last minute. Courses are run throughout the year but are generally limited to ten couples so early booking is advisable. ‘Accord’ (The Catholic Dublin Diocesan Agency for Marriage) run courses in a number of centres throughout a number of centres in the diocese. In the Dublin area, phone 4784400 (email: email@example.com) to book a course in the nearest centre to you.
There are also other pre-marriage courses like ‘Naomi’ (16 North Great Georges Street) www.naomi.ie
Phone 8786156. The courses can be a weekend (Friday night and all day Saturday) or spread out over a few weeks (One night a week). They are run by married couples and are very practical and out of which you will be enriched.
Another excellent pre marriage course is the one run by Fr Pat Rogers of Mount Argus (Tel: 01 2964257. website: www.together.ie).
Within six months of the wedding, it is time to gather the required Church documents. Again do not leave this to the last minute as it can take time to get these documents, if one was baptised outside of Ireland. These papers are sent to the Church where the wedding is to take place. These include:
- A current baptism cert (not a state birth cert and not an old baptism cert). It is evidence of your baptism and also that you were not previously married. This is why it must be dated within six months of the wedding. You can get this from the Church where you were baptised.
- A confirmation cert available from the Church where you were confirmed.
- A Letter of Freedom: from every place that you lived for more than six months over the age of sixteen. If you were in a lot of places, it may be necessary to get a sworn affividavit or a letter from your parents who can vouch for the fact that you were never previously married. The letter of freedom can be got from the priest in the area in question
When you have all these documents, arrange to meet your local priest who will fill out a Pre-Nuptial Enquiry Form. This is a form which basically asks a number of questions to make sure that you understand the step that you are about to take. All of these documents are then sent to the Church where the wedding is to take place.
All of the above requirements will be explained to you by your local priest. The above applies to the situation of two Catholics who intend to marry. For other circumstances, there are more requirements. If the couple live outside of Ireland but are getting married in Ireland, they still must notify the State. Their Church papers are sent by their local priest to the Bishop of the diocese where the wedding is to take place and these in turn are sent by the Bishop to the Church where the wedding is to take place.
As regards planning the liturgy for the wedding, I recommend that you buy a book called ‘A Wedding of your Own’ by Padraig Mc Carthy which is published by Veritas. This book contains all the readings, wedding rites and prayers. There is even a checklist at the back to make sure that you have remembered everything from the readers to the flowers.
Flor Mc Carthy’s Book ‘Wedding Liturgies’ (Dominican Press) contains just the readings and prayer of the Faithful but it does so under various themes. Another excellent preparation booklet is ‘Your Wedding’ published by the Dublin Repemptorist Publications in January 1998. It is advisable to read and plan the day. Choose the readings that mean a lot to you and your partner and try to involve both families in the allocation of readings and prayers.
If you would like to have a ‘Papal Blessing’, you can order them through Veritas. It takes a few months to get it and before ordering you will need to have a letter from your priest stating that you are to be married on a particular date and that you are practicing Catholics.
For information on getting married in Rome see the website for the Irish College in Rome www.irishcollege.org.
Finally we do hope that you find this information useful and may we wish you and your partner every happiness for the future. You will find more detailed information on getting married at the Jesuit website ‘Getting Married’ www.gettingmarried.ie
Planning Your Loved One’s Funeral Liturgy
The Church encourages you to be as fully involved as you can in planning your loved one’s
funeral liturgy. It is the final journey of your loved one. In the liturgy, we celebrate the life
of faith of your loved one; we commend him or her to the Lord, we support and pray for all
those who mourn, and we seek strength in the promise of the Lord that He will not forget
In planning the liturgy you will need to:
Choose from among family members and friends those who would like to do the reading(s),
recite the psalm and take part in the prayers of intercession. Also, please provide the chief
celebrant priest with some biographical information about your deceased loved one that
will help him prepare the funeral homily.
Select the readings for the funeral Mass. Depending on the circumstances, you may decide
to either one or two readings before the gospel. You will find a large selection of suitable
readings in the “Funeral Mass Preparation Booklet” (available from the Parish Office). But
you are free to choose others. Should you decide to have two readings, it is preferable to
have a different reader for each. (e.g. Old Testament Readings – Job 19:1,23-27 ; Wisdom
3:1-9 ; Job 4:7-15 ; Isaiah 25:6-9. New Testament Readings – Romans 5:5-11 ; Romans 5:17-
21 ; Romans 6:3-9 ; Romans 8:14-23 ; Romans 8:31-35, 37-39 ; Romans 14:7-12 ;Corinthians
15:20-28 ; Corinthians 5:1, 6-10 ; Thessalonians 4:13-18; Philippians 3:20-21 ; Letter of St
Select the responsorial psalm, which comes between the first and second readings. Again,
there are many suitable responsorial psalms in the above booklet but you are free to choose
others. In making your choice, please bear in mind that the response to the psalm may be
sung. (e.g. Psalm 22, Psalm 23, Psalm 83, Psalm 41, Psalm 26).
Choose or compose the general intercessions, which come after homily. In the general
intercessions we pray not only for the deceased and his or her family, but also for all the
dead and those who mourn them, and for the needs of the wider community. One or more
family members should read the general intercessions. (There are a number of suggested
prayers of the faithful to be found at the back of the Booklet).
Choose family members or friends of the deceased to bring the gifts of bread and wine to
the altar. You should keep in mind, though, that the presentation of the gifts is probably not
the time to carry up personal memorabilia or symbols of the life of the deceased. The best
time is at the beginning of the Mass.
Choose the hymns and music for the funeral Mass. The hymns should be selected from
those regularly sung during Sunday Mass, and should express our strong belief in the
resurrection, which is the basis of Christian hope. They should not include favourite secular
songs or music of the deceased, which are not appropriate for a funeral liturgy.
If you decide to have a eulogy in honour of your deceased loved one, there are a number of
things to keep in mind. It should be short, no longer than 5 minutes; it should be delivered
by a family member or close friend of the deceased; it should contain only words of tribute
to the deceased and of thanks to those who have helped or supported the deceased’s family
during this time; it should take place after the communion, before the final commendation
After The Funeral
The Memorial Mass
It is traditional in many parishes to have a Memorial Mass or Month’s Mind for the
deceased in the weeks following the funeral. The Month’s Mind is an opportunity to once
again commend the deceased to our loving God. It is celebrated in an atmosphere of
prayerful remembrance, of gratitude for those who have offered sympathy and of hope in
These include Bethany Bereavement (provides support counselling. Ph 01 2801669);
Rainbow Ireland (support group for children of bereaved families. Ph 01 4734175); Irish
Sudden Infant Death Association (Ph 1850 391391 & 01 8732711)