This three-part series is designed to prepare parents for the Baptism of their child. It focuses on the deeper meanings of Christian initiation. Hosted by Father Anthony Scannell, O.F.M. Cap., the overall tone is one of welcome to the faith community, the family of God. Each part of the series focuses on a specific area in the preparation process. This series is on two discs. Part One: Faith Journey (45 min.) This program looks at the need of every human being to belong. It invites the parents to reflect on their personal faith journeys and on the nature of the commitment they will be making by requesting Baptism for their child. It also traces the history of the sacrament from the time of Jesus to the present day. Part Two: Symbols and the Rite of Baptism (41 min.) This program explores the power and meaning of symbols in our lives. Using a beautiful dramatization of the Rite of Baptism for Children, Father Scannell reveals the richness of the rite, its symbols and its implications for the newly baptized, the family, and the whole church community. Part Three: Christian Parenting (43 min.) This program, for use after baptism, reflects on the beauties and responsibilities of Christian parenting, including ongoing religious formation. It emphasizes the process of initiation began and culminates in the Eucharist. A free Leader's Guide is available: Catalog.AmericanCatholic.org/guide
Media ID: 61252
Length: 129 Min.
Publisher: St. Anthony Messenger Press
Level: SH, A

Grade Levels: EC=Early Childhood; P=Primary; I=Intermediate; JH=Junior High; SH=Senior High; A=Adult