“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it. And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.” ~Mark 10:14-16
The Sacrament of Baptism brings us into new life in union with Christ and the Christian Community. Through Baptism, the community commits itself to the newly baptized and the newly baptized now shares in the gifts and duties of the community.
Baptism Hospitality Ministers assist in providing a hospitable environment for families when they present their infants or children (under the age of 7) for baptism.
From contacting the parents the week prior to baptism to introduce themselves and to answer any questions, (When to arrive? Where to sit? How many pews to reserve? What do we need to bring? etc.), to setting up the changing table and placing the oils, towels, candle and other items necessary for the celebration, to greeting the family and godparents and answering any final questions they may have the day of baptism...each task of the Baptism Hospitality Minister demonstrates the welcome, support and guidance the parish offers to the child, their parents and godparents.
The Baptism Hospitality Coordinator assigns a Baptism Hospitality Minister when notice is received of an upcoming baptism. The number of times a Baptism Hospitality Minister is assigned per month depends on the number of baptisms scheduled and the number of Ministers available. Baptisms are scheduled the first two weekends of the month (exceptions may apply, depending on Holy days, holidays, other Rites taking place, etc.). Ministers will meet at either parish location for training and will meet as needed for ministry updates / events.
If you are interested in being part of this ministry, please contact Brenda Prudhomme, Baptism Hospitality Coordinator, at 612-251-5601.