Recently our family experienced the baptism of three children in a Catholic Church. These children were siblings of a family who, for various reasons, had decided to celebrate once rather than three times. The parish was able to accommodate this request exclusively on a Sunday afternoon after they had been introduced to the worshipping community the week before.
The children file into the room under the guidance of their watchful teacher. They settle on the carpet and greet the visitor who stands before them. The class comprises some 20 Kinder and Year 1 students and they come together every week at this time. The visitor is a regular weekly guest who is becoming familiar to the group.
Faith formation is often achieved through gently accompanying another on their journey. As parish communities we have many opportunities to walk with children, families, individuals and couples through significant times in their lives.
While Vice Chancellor Pastoral Ministries, Teresa Brierley, is on annual leave, guest writers will contribute a message to the Diocesan Update. This week, Director of the Office of Life and Faith, John Donnelly, shares some reflections.