Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: ‘Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.
Catechism of the Catholic Church §1213




When?

Baptisms take place in St Patrick’s Church, Dungannon on every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at 1.30pm; and in the country churches (St Malachy’s, Edendork; St Brigid’s, Killyman; and Sacred Heart, Clonmore) on every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month following the Sunday Mass.

How to book?

Bookings for the Sacrament of Baptism can be done by contacting the parish office.

Dungannon Parish Office
4 Killyman Road
Dungannon
Co. Tyrone, BT71 6DH

Tel: (028) 8772 6893
Email: parishofdungannon@lycos.com

What next?

Two people from the parish Baptism Team usually make a visit, during the week before the Baptism, to the parents of children to be baptised, to go through the liturgy and offer any practical advice to parents in preparation for the Baptism.

Guidelines for choosing godparents

There may be one or two godparents (sponsors). When there are two sponsors, one must be male (godfather) and the other female (godmother). At least one sponsor must be Catholic. Godparents must be:

  • at least sixteen years old
  • baptised, confirmed and have received the Eucharist
  • living an upright life
  • someone other than either parent

A baptised non-Catholic, although he/she may not be a sponsor, can be a 'Christian Witness' for the child as long as there is at least one other Catholic sponsor