Information about presenting a child for baptism

Baptism is a sacrament of welcome.

We welcome your baby into the family of the Christian community. On the day of birth a baby is welcomed into the immediate family: at baptism the welcome is into the greater, Christian, family -- in this instance the Christian community of Our Lady Crowned, Mayfield.

So at baptism a baby is said to become a “child of God.”

This is the meaning of the “new life” which you will hear mentioned often during the ceremony. The child is “born again”.

Baptism is also a commitment:

You promise to bring the child up in the faith.

Teaching the child about God, how to pray, bringing the child to Mass.

Preparation for First Communion/Confirmation.



Booking your baby's baptism

The Baptism Registration Form is available at the Parish Office. It is essential that this form along with a copy of your child’s Civil Birth Certificate is returned to the Parish Office at least two weeks prior to your child’s Baptism.

If you live outside the parish and wish to have your baby baptised in Our Lady Crowned Church you are asked to have a letter from your own parish allowing the baptism to take place. 



Day and Time

The times for Baptism are: First Sunday of the month after 12 noon Mass and on one Saturday evening in the month at 5pm. Enquire about exact dates from Parish Office. Tel: 021 4552176 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Choose your baby’s godparents with care. They must share the Christian faith and be at least 14 years old. They should be living near enough to get to know your baby. They will be undertaking to share with you the responsibility for handing on the faith to your child.

Remember to bring with you to the Church

·  a baptismal candle

·  a white baptismal robe or garment.


Home Visit

A member of the Parish Baptism Team will phone you to arrange a suitable time for a Home Visit.During this visit, we shall discuss the baptism ceremony and answer any queries that you may have.



Church Visit

A contribution of €50 is suggested for the priest officiating at the Baptism.

An offering for the Sacristan attending on the day would be appreciated.