The Sacrament of Baptism

“God’s Holy Church welcomes you with great joy!” – from the Rite of Baptism

Baptism is the door to life and to the kingdom of God. Christ offered this first sacrament of the new law to all that they might have eternal life. When Jesus told Nicodemus that he must be born again if he wished to enter the Kingdom of God, Nicodemus inquired as to what that meant. Jesus responded:

“unless you are born of water and the Spirit, you can not enter the kingdom of God” John 3:3-5

​The Church has always understood His word to mean that Children should not be deprived of Baptism, because they are baptized in the faith of the church. This faith is proclaimed for them by their parents and godparents who represent the local Church and the whole society of believers. Parents should not delay the baptism of their children except for serious reasons; children should be baptized as soon as possible.

Baptisms are celebrated before the Vigil Mass Saturday evenings in Ardcath or Clonlalv, and after the Sunday Mass in Curraha,

Parents are invited to contact the Parish Office for an “Application for Baptism Form.