Equipping the Domestic Church/ISSUE 77/ 1.9.22

The Baptism of the Lord and a Return to Ordinary Time

We are united as Church by our Baptism; it is the common bond we share that begins our unique faith journeys. On this weekend, we celebrate The Baptism of the Lord. It is the official end of the Christmas season and marks the end of Jesus' private life. Jesus' Baptism, performed by John the Baptist, was the step Jesus took before his public ministry began and it confirmed for all that Jesus is the Son of God! Take some time this week to remember your child's Baptism with him or her and to remember your own as well. You might take the opportunity to relight your child's Baptismal candle, take out some photos or send a note to your child's Godparents! Next week, we begin ordinary time. The hustle and bustle of the Advent and Christmas season are over and we enter into the cold of the winter months. How can you make this return to ordinary time an extraordinary opportunity for your family to grow in faith, to be a witness to your baptismal call and to grow in love of one another?


Join us as we prepare for the Eucharistic Revival in the United States!

On the Feast of Corpus Christi this June, dioceses around the country will be begin a national Eucharistic Revival. This will give each of us an opportunity to grow in faith, deepen our prayer life and renew our understanding of the beautiful sacrament of the Eucharist. To prepare ourselves, as we journey toward the kickoff, we have added a new column to The Family Zone.

Pope Francis recently shared a teaching on the Eucharist and posed the question: "When we go to Sunday Mass, how do we live it? Are we recognizing the needs of others and seeing the world through the eyes of Jesus? Tolstoy wrote a short story about recognizing God in our midst. In the story, several people in need, come to the door of a man who is expecting a visit from Christ. He serves them and cares for them. In the story we realize that those in need, were indeed Jesus, in disguise. Live the Eucharist this week by opening your eyes to someone in need; it may just be Jesus helping you to understand the mission our baptism calls us to!



Click on the link below for the readings that you will hear at the Sunday's Mass for the coming two weeks. This will give you a chance to prepare your heart and mind for full and active participation in Mass this weekend! For a Mass schedule in our diocese click on the blue button below.

Family Stories: Story Time with a Positive Message.

  • When You Were Baptized by Catherine Maresca
  • Jesus Speaks to Me About My Baptism by Angela Burrin
  • Water Come Down! : The Day You Were Baptized by Walter Wangerin Jr.

Parenting Article: A mother makes the connection between daily life and liturgical life: Click on the pdf below to read about how a small child made connections to ritual his mother didn't expect!


  • Test your knowledge! Download the PDF below to try this Baptism Quiz from Catechist magazine!
  • Tell your child the story of his or her Baptism day and encourage them to retell the story in their own words.
  • Our Baptism calls us to live out the Mission of Jesus. One of the ways we do this is to follow the message of the Gospel. Though he was not Catholic, Martin Luther King Jr. spent his life encouraging Gospel living. As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. day later this month, it is a great opportunity to review Catholic Social Teaching with your child. Invite your child to illustrate one of the seven principles! Download the PDF from Catholic Relief Services and the USCCB as an easy teaching tool for kids!


Check out this podcast from The Catholic Talk Show to learn more about Baptism and gain a better understanding of the Baptism of Jesus with this podcast from Catholic Sprouts! The second podcast is great for elementary ages and up!


Baptism of Jesus For Kids - Matthew 3 | Animated Bible Story (
Sophia SketchPad: Baptism
Ep5-The sacrament of baptism


This Walking Water experiment can be a great way to illustrate the transforming power of Baptism!


This prayerful activity from Look To Him and Be Radiant, renews our Baptismal Promises. Though designed for a classroom, this is easily adaptable to home. The Baptism of Our Lord is a great time to renew baptismal promises along with Easter Sunday! Do you have Holy Water at home? You can bring a small vessel to your parish and ask your pastor for some!


Imaginary play is fun for young children! Can you play Baptism at home with doll or action figure? You may want to set out a sensory box with water and objects like a cup or seashell to reenact the pouring of water over the head of the Baptized! This is also a great time to practice the Sign of Cross, as the words of the Rite of Baptism are: I baptize you in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Older children can act out the Rite of Baptism to learn the words. Use this script from Catechist Magazine!


When a child is baptized, they are claimed for Christ and become part of a Church family. Taking an active role in that family beyond Baptism can be a healthy path for your child! Studies have shown that children who have a spiritual life have higher rates of happiness and mental wellbeing as they age. Bringing kids to Mass and praying or talking about God at home can help them to understand who and whose they are and it will likely impact the decisions they make as they face life's challenges!

Word of the Week!

Sacraments of Initiation: These are the Sacraments that officially bring a person into the Catholic Church. They include the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.


When we renew our Baptismal promises, we clearly state what it means to be Catholic and we are reminded of our beliefs. These promises are connected to the Creed that we profess at Mass each week. Talking about the creed and beliefs always brings about a great opportunity to ask your child what he or she thinks some of the your family beliefs are. Do they know what you stand for as a family? Could you write a family creed? These conversations help a child identify his or her values and stay true to them!


Have a family conversation!

  • How has your Godparent helped you to understand Jesus or our faith?
  • If we are "claimed for Christ," what does that mean? Does it change the way we behave?
  • Water cleans us and quenches our thirst. Why do you think water is used for Baptism?
  • At Baptism, we are given a candle that represents the light of Christ. How can you share the light of Christ this week?

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

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