"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
Baptisms take place in St Patrick’s Church, Dungannon on every Saturday and Sunday afternoon and in the country Chapels - St Malachy’s, Edendork; St Brigid’s, Killyman; and Sacred Heart, Clonmore, on Saturday or Sunday by arrangement. .
How to book?
Bookings for the Sacrament of Baptism in any of the Churches can be done by contacting the Parish Office.
Dungannon Parish Office
4 Killyman Road
Co. Tyrone, BT71 6DH
Tel: (028) 8772 6893
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