Equipping the Domestic Church/ISSUE 103/1.8.23

"Rise Up in Splendor, Jerusalem, Your Light Has Come!" (Isaiah 60:1)

Merry Christmas as we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany and the Baptism of Our Lord!

This Sunday concludes our liturgical season of Christmas and Ordinary Time begins this week!

Please join us in praying for the repose of the soul of our Holy Father Emeritus, Pope Benedict XVI who was laid to rest this past week.


The REAL Presence of Our Lord and Savior!

St. Augustine tells us to “Believe what you see, see what you believe and become what you are: the Body of Christ.” We see and believe in the Body of Christ in the Eucharist because we ARE the Body of Christ – the Church.

When Jesus established the Church, he told us to do only a handful of things. The two that are expressed in our Sacraments are Baptism and Eucharist. These two Sacraments are linked (along with Confirmation) as Initiation Sacraments. We are brought into the Church at Baptism and celebrate all that means at Eucharist. We hear Eucharist referred to as the Source and Summit of our faith; it nourishes us to live the Catholic life. Put another way, Eucharist nourishes us to live our Baptism. Likewise, Baptism joins us to our fellow Catholics so we can celebrate at the Lord’s Table. Baptism and Eucharist are linked so that we can be more like Christ.



Click on the link below for the readings that you will hear at the Sunday 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.

Sunday Readings:

Family Stories: Here are some stories about BAPTISM

Baptism Day by Maite Roche

Water Come Down by Walter Wangerin

Jesus Speaks to Me about My Baptism by Angela Burrin


Read Matthew 3:13-17 about the Baptism of Jesus. Use what you read to create 3 illustrations that retell the Baptism of Jesus in order. You can use the download below!


CS 581 10-26-20 Jesus' Public Ministry Begins: Monday


Take some time for this 3 minute retreat on the Baptism of Our Lord, and yours!


Try this Baptism of the Lord craft from Sara J Creations!


The promises made at Baptism reflect the words of our Creed. Practice the Nicene Creed at home to be able to say it confidently at Mass! Look for the definitions of some of the Creed's tricky words in the Word of the Week section below!

Nicene Creed

I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

**Did you know??? When we say the underlined words above, We make a profound bow of the body, in order to honor the most important act in human history - God becoming man.


Here are some fun ideas for indoor water play when the winter blues take over in your house!


Did you have enough water today? Water can physiologically and psychologically benefit people because of its therapeutic nature. It is known to help cure illness, refresh the body and relax the mind. Water is an effective element in combating illness and injury. It's no mystery that this would be the essential element of our baptism!


When a child (or adult) is Baptized at your parish, they become not only a child of God, but also a member of your parish family. Use this opportunity to send a welcome card from your family to this new member of the parish family. What a wonderful way to share the love of Christ with other parishioners. A craft idea is shared below!

Welcome the newly baptized to your parish!


BEGOTTEN: What God begets is God so Jesus is of God, not just created (or made) by God as humans are

CONSUBSTANTIAL: Jesus is Divine; of the same substance as God, the Father

INCARNATE: One of the central mysteries of Christianity; the Doctrine that Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, assumed our humanity and was born of the Virgin Mary

ASCENDED: Christ was elevated into heaven by His own power in the presence of His disciples on the fortieth day after His Resurrection.


Here are some questions to get kids talking and thinking about their Baptismal Call!

What does it mean to be "Priest, Prophet, and King?"

How can I be a "Priest?"

  • Does prayer help me grow closer to God?
  • Does praying daily help me to face my challenges? How does it help me to see the needs of others? How does it help me live with gratitude?
How can I be a "Prophet?"
  • When I give my friends or siblings advice, can I help them follow God's direction for making good choices?
  • Does learning about my faith help me to grow in holiness?
  • Does listening to my parents and catechists about the faith help me to understand God more easily?
How can I be a "King?"
  • When I am a positive role model to others, can I change their attitudes and behaviors?
  • Am I called to lead others as the hands and feet of Jesus? What does that look like?

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

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