Baptism of an infant begins the faith journey of the child within the Christian community.

This faith is nourished by parents, relatives, friends and the community into which the child has been baptised.

It is an important choice parents make to ensure the child will both know and experience what it is to belong to a faith community.

This is why baptism will normally be celebrated in your local parish as it is in the community in which you are involved that your child will grow and feel secure.

The community assists you in developing your child in the ways of faith and we take this faith way of acting and believing into our daily living.

“The living of Baptism – which flows out from the event – has as its proper place, ‘the world’, the ordinary, human places of daily life.” Watkins ‘Living Baptism – Called out of the Ordinary.’ P 14.

In our Parish

  •  Baptisms are celebrated on a Saturday at 9.30am at the Cathedral
  •   Baptisms are celebrated every third Sunday at 10.00 am at St Patricks Church
  •   Preparation sessions are held on first Saturday of the month at 9.30am, in the Hanly Room of the Francis Rush Centre
  •   It is possible to arrange baptisms at other times providing you have a priest who can celebrate the baptism for you
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Children thirteen years and older receive the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil. Their preparation is a specific process which takes place over a number of weeks during Lent.
Contact the Cathedral Office for further information and bookings.


Adults who have been baptised in another Christian Tradition may desire to be received into the Catholic Church. Because they have been baptised they are prepared to receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.

The length of time for their preparation varies according to their involvement and practice in the Tradition into which they have been baptised.
Adults reception can take place at any time of the Chruch’s Year.