The Family Zone

Lectionary-Based Playlist /Issue 41/January 10, 2021

This is what John the Baptist proclaimed: “One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

Today we observe the Baptism of the Lord. Click on the PDF below to learn more about this feast day. In this issue, we explore the beautiful Sacrament of Baptism!

Enjoy time with your family by choosing one or more of the activities below.

READ!

SUNDAY READINGS: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/011021.cfm


Family Stories:

  • "The Story of Jesus' Baptism and Temptation" By Bryan Davis
  • "Jesus Speaks to Me about My Baptism" By Angela Burrin
  • "Baptism Day" by Maïte Roche


Parent Article:

For Teens: The Origin of Baptism is Jesus: https://catholiccurrent.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/twim-6-07-catechetical-corner-english.pdf

Write!




LISTEN!

"A Baptism Like No Other" 3- Minute Daily Retreat from Loyola Press
https://www.loyolapress.com/retreats/a-baptism-like-no-other-start-retreat/

WATCH!

These videos will give you a good review of the Sacrament of Baptism
What is the Sacrament of Baptism?
Catholic Kids Media - Baptism of the Lord Cycle C
Baptism | Catholic Central
Renewal of Baptismal Promises

Play!

  • Create your own Paddle Balloon game (Click here for how to make). Blow up 3 balloons and label one "Father", one "Son" and one "Holy Spirit". Can you and your family keep all three balloons in the air at the same time? Time yourselves and challenge your neighbors, friends and other family members!
  • Create your own Baptism Sensory table! What will you add?
    (tip: instead of using water if you are indoors, dye some rice blue!) https://babydevotions.com/2019/02/21/the-baptism-of-jesus/

Wonder!

  • If baptism makes us a part of God's family, what does that mean for how I treat other members of the family?
  • How has my life been influenced by my baptism?

  • They give the newly baptized a candle to symbolize the light of Christ and they are told to keep it burning bright. How do Jesus' teachings show me how to act, the way a candle shows me where to walk?


  • Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist to show the importance of the Sacrament, even though he did not need to have his sins washed away. His baptism is the model for ours. How cool is it to share something like that with the Son of God?!

WORD OF THE WEEK!

INDELIBLE - Not able to be erased, removed, or washed out. Baptism gives each Christian an indelible mark as a child of God. Nothing we do can change it.

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

Debtor in Possession

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