Recalling our Baptism..
WK 5 Reflections – 10/07
When was the last time you stood in awe and wonder, and felt, “this moment is a gift from God?” For me, one of those moments unfolded in Sunday’s class with our children. For the first half of class we gathered in church at the baptismal pool for our opening prayer, the sign of the cross. At the pool, we touched and stirred the refreshing water recalling the baptisms we have witnessed. Three times the children scooped the water with their hand and prayed the words of Baptism, “in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”
Next, to the north of the pool, we gathered around the Easter Candle and the children learned that the Easter Candle burns brightly at Baptism to signify that the newly baptized carry in his/her heart the light of Christ. The light of Christ is to remind us of our own Baptism and our call to give witness to the Light of Christ.
Directly opposite of the Easter Candle is the table holding the Holy Oils (oils are used in the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Anointing of the Sick, and Holy Orders). In these sacraments, experiencing the anointing of chrism we are reminded that we are a holy people, a priestly people, and kingly people. Several of the parents, who accompanied our class, recalled the baptism of their children. I encourage you to share the candle, pictures, and your memories of Baptism with your child. Earlier this week, as I was preparing for class I came across my baptismal certificate. I brought it to class for “show and tell.”
Our last stop, the chapel which houses St. Nick’s Tabernacle. Very quietly all of us gathered in the presence of Jesus, the Bread of Life. I shared with the children, the tabernacle holds the consecrated bread that will be brought to people who are homebound, and unable to be at Mass. Together we prayed for those who are sick in our families. As we were leaving, one of the children said to me that he would like to stay and pray in church.
Some suggestions for nurturing a culture of Reconciliation and Eucharist
- We Believe Family Book on pp 14 – 16 We celebrate Baptism highlights the spirituality of the Baptism. Some of the talking points provide a springboard for discussion.
- Practice with your child the sign of the cross, some of our little ones are still a little hesitant of the correct gestures.
- Talk with your children about the Key Terms covered in this session: GRACE, ORIGINAL SIN, and BAPTISM. Focus with your child on God’s abundant love and the life of God’s grace in us.
- Talk with your little one about the handout he or she brought home. One handout requires “revisiting” his or her baptismal certificate. Help your child fill out the important details on the handout.
- EXPECT GRACE-FILLED moments to unfold this very special year in the faith formation of your child! In your prayer, let God know what you are expecting, what you need..open your heart and mind! God’s graces FLOW in abundance!