Baptism

Click HERE to read our ‘Short Guide to Baptism’

Thank you for choosing to have your child Baptised and for choosing Halston Street Parish for the Baptism. Our Parish Church is dedicated to St Michan, an ancient Dublin Saint who had a monastery past Smithfield. The present Church dates back to 1817 and even before that, a parish community was present in this area for almost 1,000 years. By means of the Sacrament of Baptism, your child will join a long list of people who have begun their journey of faith in our Parish.

On this page we have some important information ahead of your child’s Baptism including:

  • How to book a Baptism
  • COVID restrictions in place in the Church
  • How to request a Baptism Certificate
  • What to expect on the day
  • Our ‘Short Guide to Baptism’

We hope you find this information useful. If you have any questions, please feel free to email halstonst@gmail.com or phone 01 873 0675.

_________________________________________________________________________________

Booking a Baptism in Halston Street Parish

To provisionally book a Baptism please complete our online booking form: Baptismal Booking Form.

Before booking a Baptism please ensure that you have :

  1. A date in mind for the Baptism
  2. A copy of your child’s birth certificate – to be uploaded through the form
  3. Permission letter if you are resident outside the parish
  4. Name of each Godparent

IMPORTANT COVID 19 Information

Our Parish Church still remains subject to COVID 19 restrictions. Please note the following:

  • Wear a face mask / covering at all times while you are in the church.
  • Use hand sanitiser provided on entry and exit
  • Once seated pleas remain in your seats
  • Follow the guidance of the volunteers / stewards at all times.
  • If you or any of your party are feeling unwell, have any of the symptoms of COVID 19 or have tested positive for COVID 19 – please do not come to the church.

A maximum of 12 people are allowed to attend a Baptism at this time. 

On the day of the ceremony please arrive 20 minutes before the scheduled start time and bring:

  • A baptismal candle
  • A white shawl
  • Donation for the church. We suggest a donation of 50 euro, this can also be made through our website – www.halstonstreetparish.ie/donate 

What happens at Your Child’s Baptism?

In our ‘Short Guide to Baptism’ we explain what happens at the ceremony as well as what you need to do as parents and godparents. Here you can access the ‘Short Guide to Baptism‘ and the ‘Rite of Baptism’ 

Full Text of the RiteOfBaptism

Click here to access our Short Guide to Baptism

Registration of your child’s Baptism

The parish records the baptism of your child in the Baptismal Register of the parish. This record includes the full names of the child, parents and godparents, the child’s date of birth, the date of the baptism and the name of the officiating priest or deacon. A Certificate of Baptism can be issued by the Parish Office as and when required.

How to Request a Baptismal Certificate (post- 1950)

If you would like to request a Baptismal Certificate post 1905 from Halston Street, Church Street or Arran Quay, please complete the online form to Request a Baptismal Certificate.

Pre-1950 certificates

Please note we only hold the Baptismal registers from 1950 onwards in the parish. If you require a Baptismal certificate pre-1950, please email archives@dublindiocese.ie providing the same information as is required in the form above.

_______________________________________________________________________________

Adult Baptism – RCIA

In recent years our parish has welcomed adult men and women who presented themselves for baptism. People from other lands and traditions find that the faith of their friends and neighbours have inspired them to want to learn more about becoming a catholic and being baptised into the Christian faith.

If you wish to explore the possibility of becoming a Christian member of the Catholic Church then please contact any of the Parish Team. We will welcome you, and help you on your faith journey. You may find helpful the following information about Christian initiation of adults.

What is RCIA?

The’ Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults’ is the process by which the Catholic Church welcomes new adult members into the Christian Community.

Who can participate in the RCIA?

  • Non-Christians who are interested in becoming members of the Christian Community.
  • Those baptised in another Christian tradition who are interested in becoming full members of the Catholic Church.
  • Catholics who are baptised but who have not yet received the Sacrament of the Eucharist or Confirmation.

What methods are used?

  • The RCIA is a return to the method used by the Early Church to initiate new members into the Christian Community.
  • It is a process of Christian initiation into the Church that includes the study of sacred scripture and doctrine, spiritual reflection, private and liturgical prayer and community service and involvement.

The RCIA is a process of conversion and spiritual growth for adults. Each period is liturgically marked by celebrations indicating the end of one stage and the entrance into the next stage of the faith journey.

To Inquire about the RCIA programme please contact any member of the Parish Team.