Preparation for Baptism is an exciting time for parents and sponsors. You are bringing your child into the church. From this moment on, your child will always have a Catholic family that will support them in times of need, provide them with spiritual nourishment and always be present to them.
Please reflect on the following before class:
QUESTION AT RITE: WHAT NAME DO YOU GIVE YOUR CHILD?
In naming a child, we do not 'own' the child, but accept the responsibility of the gift of the child's life. This recognition and receiving of the gift of life from God is stewardship. A Christian steward "receives God's gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner..." (Stewardship - A Disciple's Response, pg. 9)
QUESTION AT RITE: WHAT DO YOU ASK OF GOD'S CHURCH FOR YOUR CHILD?
What are you asking of our parish for your child? Our Church shows stewardship in providing a sacramental life for your child, catholic education and a spiritual home for life.
STATEMENT BY THE PRIEST AT THE LITURGY: "YOU HAVE ASKED TO HAVE YOUR CHILD BAPTIZED. IN DOING SO YOU ARE ACCEPTING THE RESPONSIBILITY OF TRAINING YOUR CHILD IN THE PRACTICE OF THE FAITH. IT WILL BE YOUR DUTY TO BRING HIM/HER UP TO KEEP GOD'S COMMANDMENTS AS CHRIST TAUGHT US, BY LOVING GOD AND OUR NEIGHBOR. DO YOU CLEARLY UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE UNDERSTAKING?
"Mature disciples make a conscious, firm decision, carried out in action, to be followers of Jesus Christ no matter the cost to themselves." (Stewardship - A Disciples' Response - Intro) How do you see yourself training your child in the practice of the faith? How can the parish assist you? Discuss:
- attending weekly Sunday Mass as a family,
- teaching and praying prayers,
- praying as a family,
- keeping the Commandments,
- living the sacraments,
- practicing charity,
- practicing "active and committed stewardship" within the life of the parish.
EPHPHETHA OR PRAYER OVER THE EARS AND MOUTH RITE: THE PRIEST SAYS: "THE LORD JESUS MADE THE DEAF HEAR AND MUTE SPEAK. MAY HE SOON TOUCH YOUR EARS TO RECEIVE HIS WORD AND YOUR MOUTH TO PROCLAIM HIS FAITH, TO THE PRAISE AND GLORY OF GOD THE FATHER. AMEN
What are your hopes and dreams for your child? How do you see God and the Church being a part of that dream? The stewardship way of life is the grateful response of a Christian disciple who recognizes and receives God's gifts and shares them in love of God and neighbor; a parents dream for a child is also God's dream.
Every parent desiring Baptism for their class is required to attend one Baptism class.
Please note that this class will take place at the St. Monica Ministry Center. Park in parking lot off Lake View, walk up sidewalk, entrance door is on left.