Baptism beyond babyhood

A baptism Sunday at church is an excellent opportunity to talk to your kids about what the sacrament means. Kids love hearing about themselves as babies, so use that as your ticket into the conversation.

Tell them about their baptism day. What did they wear? What was the significance of their outfit? Tell the story of how they behaved—did they cry when the water was poured? Did you have a party afterward?

Explain why you had them baptized. Talk about the hopes you had for them when they were so small. Did you imagine them going to church with you? What did you hope for their faith?

Baptismal gifts—a decade later. If you socked away your child’s baptismal gift money, consider using $20 or so to buy some age-appropriate spiritual reading. Take your child to a religious gift store and give them a budget to pick out something they’d use now.

—by Annemarie Scobey from the pages of At Home with Our Faith, Claretian Publications’ print newsletter for parents on nurturing spirituality in the home. Winner of the 2012 Best in Class award from the Associated Church Press, as well as a First Place General Excellence award from the Catholic Press Association for the past three years running. Here’s a sample issue.

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And don’t miss our popular single-page parish handouts on handing on the faith, helping kids understand the Mass, Lent, and Advent.

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