Baptism & Young Families
Baptism is an important opportunity to not only bring a new member into our Catholic family, but also start parents on their journey of passing their faith on to their child. Let's coach them and help them do this!
We also need to offer opportunities after Baptism and stay connected to families during the early childhood years. This is a time when we lose touch with many families, when it is especially inconvenient for them to attend Mass and before our faith formation classes welcome their kids.
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Growing Up Catholic Baptism Preparation
A process for engaging, evangelizing, and coaching young parents
We have heard from many people who are frustrated with the state of baptismal preparation. Many parents jump through the hoops, while being bored by the details of sacramental theology which seem distant from their experience. Pastoral leaders lament the parents' disinterest, and how rarely they see these parents in church again. It's time for a new approach.
Growing Up Catholic Baptism Preparation was designed to:
Plus many other Baptism Preparation resources, including booklets, DVDs, and books.
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Reach out to parents and godparents, especially if they are at the margins of the church.
After Baptism: Babies & Preschool
After the Plunge
Kit for reaching out to parents after baptism
Parishes often lose touch with parents after baptism. It's a time when parents are reluctant to bring their noisy kids to Mass, and sometimes we never see these families again. This kit includes editable letter templates (in Word) and tri-fold leaflets (in PDF) to send out quarterly to your young families to remind them that you parish still cares about them and welcomes them back.
This resource was designed with the following goals and principles:
Wee Wonder Curriculum
Sharing God's Love with Two-Year-Olds
A year-round 52-session curriculum for two-year-olds. Twelve creative modules introduce twos to a loving God through song, action rhymes, Bible stories and responsive play. Invite children and parent(s) to a circle time and free play experience, and help parents learn to start passing faith on to their children!
Resources for New Parents
Great Books for New Catholic Parents
Then Comes Baby
The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First Three Years of Parenthood
Full of Grace
A New Year of Life for Your Baby and You!