Baptism

Baptisms: Following the necessary arrangements being put in place to keep everyone safe, we have resumed baptisms this week, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday one at a time.

Please email the parish office with your requests for baptism and we will be in touch. Thank you for your patience at this difficult time.

Diocesan Directives Thursday 9th July

The NI Executive Office has, this afternoon, issued the following statement in relation to the celebration of Baptisms and Weddings (indoors):

“The Executive has today agreed indicative arrangements for the resumption of indoor weddings, civil partnerships and baptisms.

Ministers have agreed that places of worship will be enabled to resume baptisms from Friday, July 10.

 

 

For baptism to take place at St Anne’s it is important that you are currently living in St Anne’s Parish or if not actually within the geographical area of the Parish, that you express your belonging to the Parish by registering with and contributing to it. Otherwise your parish is considered to be the one geographically where you now live. In this case you should arrange for your child to be baptised in the parish where you are currently living. Having once attended schools in this Parish does not constitute membership of the Parish.

ONLY IN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES e.g. WHERE YOU ARE RESIDENT ABROAD, OR AT A LONG DISTANCE FROM FAMILY MEMBERS MIGHT  THIS BE WAIVED. IN THESE SITUATIONS YOU MUST OBTAIN A LETTER FROM YOUR HOME PARISH PRIEST AGREEING TO YOUR CHILD BEING BAPTISED IN ST.ANNE’S PARISH, in this way encouraging you to make contact with the Parish in which you are living.

The application form should be completed and returned at least FOUR WEEKS before the proposed date of baptism, along with a full birth certificate.