Policies

 
Policy in relation to Child Protection:
 
Safeguarding Children and Young  People Policy Statement of the Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora
 
 
The Diocese values and encourages the participation of children and young people in the life of the Church, including liturgy and other activities that contribute to their spiritual, physical, social and emotional development.
 
 
It commits itself to ensuring that when children and young people take part in Church-related activities, their safety and well-being will be of paramount importance.
 
 
It recognises, that all-but especially those who work with children and young people in Church-related activities –have a duty to provide a safe environment that fosters their dignity as children of God and respects their human rights.
 
 
It co-operates with parents/guardians and relevant agencies in promoting the well–being of children and young people.
 
 
It responds in accordance with the best practice procedures set out in the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church’s Safeguarding Children: Standards and Guidance Document (2008) to any reported concern about the safety of children and young people in the context of Church-related activities.
 
 
Policy on Baptism in St Brigid’s Parish
In St Brigid’s Parish baptism is celebrated on the 1st Sunday of each month at 1.00pm and 3.00pm and on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 12 noon and 3.00pm. Parents requesting baptism for their children in St Brigid’s Church are required to engage in the Parish Baptismal Programme. Where possible a minimum of two children will be presented for baptism at any one celebration. Visiting priests who request to use the Church for Baptisms will be made aware of the Parish Policy based on best practice for celebrating what is a communal sacrament.
 
Church Gate Collections Policy 
At  all times, those collecting for their named charity proximate to St. Brigid’s Church Ballybane must do so (a) at the gateways only and remain outside the wall on the public footpath at the front entrance and outside the gate at the side entrance: (b) they must check in with Fr. John Keane PP. in the sacristy before they set up outside.