"The rediscovery of the value of one's baptism is the basis of the missionary commitment of every Christian… we understand even more that, in virtue of baptism, we have an inherent missionary vocation." Pope Benedict XVI
Our Baptism Ministry is primarily a ministry of welcome and accompaniment, made up of volunteers from Ave Maria Parish. As families prepare to have their child baptized, we accompany them throughout the Baptism Preparation and Baptism celebration itself, and hopefully well beyond.
Volunteer opportunities are available for all interested individuals, couples, or families in the parish. This is a great ministry if you have interest in welcoming our new families and their child(ren) into Ave Maria Parish through their first Sacrament of Baptism. If you would like more information about serving on our Baptism Ministry Team, please contact Kate McGrath, Pastoral Associate, via email or at 781-598-4313 x224. Current Baptism Ministry volunteers are also available to discuss this ministry and other ways we assist the newly baptized and their families.
Current Opportunities: Assisting with the Baptism Celebration
Our current volunteer focus is attending the Baptism celebration which is held monthly at both OLA and SMG. The celebration lasts about 45 minutes and the volunteer ministry role includes:
- arriving 15 minutes early to welcome and assist the families as they arrive
- assisting the priest or deacon during the Baptism celebration
Volunteers usually attend a celebration four times per year, but this can be adjusted to your availability. If you or your family members are interested, we invite you to join us for a celebration or contact us for more details. Training is provided so that you feel comfortable with your role responsibilities. Please join this vibrant group of volunteers to assist with this joyous sacrament of initiation.
Articles and Resources:
The Gift of Baptism: https://www.catholicmom.com/articles/the-gift-of-baptism
Signs and Symbols of Baptism: https://www.catholicmom.com/articles/2018/08/14/signs-and-symbols-of-baptism/
Preparing for Your Child's Baptism: https://www.catholicmom.com/articles/2014/09/24/preparing-for-your-childs-baptism
Aleteia's 5 Great Podcasts for Catholic Kids: https://aleteia.org/2019/07/26/5-great-podcasts-for-catholic-kids/
Catholic Sprouts Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/38WA3djuSkII5M3p1GyN6S
Catholic Sprouts Podcast YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm7nk3SkLtg0bYbSkXF6qTQ
Saints Stories for Kids: https://luminarypodcasts.com/listen/shining-light-dolls/saint-stories-for-kids/ep-102-st-kevin/ecda06e8-6d26-4ba8-aad3-6d54b7350749