Baptism preparation is central in the faith formation of young parents to raise their children in the practice of the Catholic faith. It is held monthly and covers:
- the theology, ritual and symbols of baptism
- how children form concepts of God and Christian values
- ways to pray and develop a personal relationship with God
Sessions are conducted by Leah Ackley, interim Pastoral Care Coordinator, along with the participation of Baptismal Ministers who can share the joys and struggles of family life in light of the teachings and practices of the Catholic Church. These individuals or couples serve as witnesses to their own spirituality and raising their family in the Catholic faith.
Because young parents are in a very formative period in their lives, baptism preparation happens with the birth of each child, but the content is different each time.
Since baptism is initiation into the Christian community, it is always celebrated during a Mass. There is a possibility each month for one baptism at 7:00 AM and up to four baptisms at 4:30 PM, 8:30 AM or 10:30 AM each month. Times are set with regard to peoples’ choice and parish events.