The sacrament of baptism welcomes a child into the family of God in a special way. In the course of its celebration those present will experience a rich tapestry of symbols, actions, gestures, prayers and the Word of God.
This book is intended to explain such symbolism and the meanings behind the various parts of the baptism ceremony so that all may fully experience the deep meaning of baptism for the child, the family and the wider Christian community. Full of helpful reminders and practical tips, this book will be an invaluable aid to parents, godparents and the whole family as they prepare for this important day in the life of the new baby.
Julie Kavanagh is the Pastoral Resource person for the diocese of Kildare and Leighlin. She holds a Masters in Liturgical Studies from St John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, and is a member of the Council for Liturgy (Irish Bishops’ Conference). She has worked in the area of parish ministry for over twenty years, and is currently on the panel of lecturers for the National Centre for Liturgy, Maynooth, as well as being visiting lecturer at St Margaret Beaufort’s Institute, Cambridge.
Maeve Mahon is Diocesan Advisor for Religious Education in Primary Schools of the diocese of Kildare and Leighlin. Her background is in primary education and she worked as a primary teacher in Ireland and abroad prior to taking up her current position. She is the co-author with Martin Delaney of the successful ‘Do This in Memory Programme’ - a parish based programme for sacramental preparation for First Eucharist and with Julie Kavanagh of ‘Welcome for Your Child, A Guide to Baptism for Parents’ She contributed to the recent publication, Exploring Religious Education, edited by Anne Hession and Patricia Kieran and has also had articles published in The Furrow and Intercom magazines. She is frequently invited to give input on sacramental preparation at gatherings of parents, priests and teachers all over Ireland and abroad. She is a member of the National Steering Committee for Catholic Schools Week and of the Council of the newly established Catholic Schools Partnership.