Part 3 of 3:  The Importance of the Parish Community at Baptism and After

The very prayers of a Baptism help explain why it should be celebrated among the parish family.  It is not just the parents and godparents who have responsibility for the new member of the Church, the baptized infant — all members of the community have an important part to play in the Baptism of the child!  The entire parish helps to support and to nurture the faith of the child through their example and prayers for the child and family.  Everyone becomes responsible for the spiritual growth of the child; this responsibility also helps the community grow in their faith.  So, if you see a child being baptized at a parish Mass sometime soon…remember that you and the people in the pews around you are in important part of the ceremony — you are part of the community of faith that will help this child get to Heaven!  This update is part of a series on Baptism Celebrated within Mass. Our first experience with this will be at the 11:30 A.M. Mass on Sunday, December 7th. Please join us for this wonderful experience.