The Belonging Session Guide gives structure and direction for your initial meeting with the parents, assisting you in addressing their questions and concerns about their child's future baptism.
The Parents Guide depicts how baptism into the Catholic Church will affect their child's heart, soul, and life.
Those in charge of Baptism preparation at your parish can use the Belonging Session Guide as a reference for your sessions. The guide piques their curiosity by emphasizing the significance of the sacrament. It also alleviates any nervousness they may have about the process by explicitly outlining what is required of them during their child's Baptism (when to stand and sit, what to say, and so forth). Included conversation questions elicit their responses during your prep session, allowing you to learn about the role the Faith plays in their lives and connect with them and meet them where they are.
This Belonging Starter Pack contains the key program components.
- The Belonging DVD Set
- The Belonging Session Guide
- The Belonging Parent’s Guide
Both the Belonging Parents Guide and the Belonging Session Guide are structured in four parts:
Part 1: The Meaning of Baptism - Here, parents will discover a clear and compelling answer to the most fundamental question they are asking, “Why am I having my child Baptized?”
Part 2: The Rite of Baptism - In this section, parents are given the details of the Baptism rite (the symbols, the materials used, the parts of the rite) so they can approach the sacrament confidently.
Part 3: The Role of Parents and Godparents - What are you promising as the parent of the child being baptized? What obligations are you taking on when you agree to be a child’s godparent? All these questions and more are addressed in this section.
Part 4: Raising a Young Catholic - Where do you go from here? Now that your child has been baptized in the Catholic Church, and you have promised to raise them in the Faith, how do you go about that? This section provides practical advice and guidance on how to create a Catholic culture in your home.
At the end of your initial meeting with the parents, offer them the Belonging Parents Guide to take home. This will give them the opportunity to delve deeper into the subject. The Parents Guide comes with access to Fr. Mike's online videos, which will help them understand better, but most importantly appreciate that the Church is their family, where they belong.