Glanmire Parish, County Cork, Ireland - part of the Catholic Diocese of Cork and Ross.

Blessing of babies 2017

October 1, 2017

The annual blessing of babies ceremony took place in St Joseph’s on 1st October.

This ceremony is organised by the Baptism Group and invites all families to attend but especially families with babies baptised in the past 12 months.

The ceremony asks everyone to remember the day the child was baptised and to recall any special memories from that day. The symbols of baptism are displayed during this reflection time.

Family members are invited to make the sign of the cross on the baby’s forehead as prayers are read out.  A prayer for mothers is read by the mother of a child baptised in the past 12 months with a prayer for fathers, godparents and grandmothers each read similarly by a representative.

After a short homily each family was blessed by Fr Newman as the names of all babies baptised in Glanmire since last October was read aloud by members of the Baptism Group.

The ceremony was enhanced with singing and guitar accompaniment from Linda Cashman with everyone joining in with well loved hymns such as “Dance, dance” and “He’s got the whole world in his hands”.

After a group photo people adjourned to the nearby parish room for a cup of tea and a chat.



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