Congratulations and God’s blessing on your family. We are excited to welcome your child into our larger family. This is a very exciting time, and the staff and Baptism preparation team want to make this a memorable and spiritual experience for you and your family. We appreciate that this is an especially busy and demanding time. Queen of the Universe Parish has invested in a web-based platform, FORMED. On it, you will find a program called REBORN. You can access it, and all of the content on FORMED, using parish code Y4MJDZ (all caps). If you click on the link in the above sentence, you can bypass the password. The majority of your preparation for this sacrament will be self-directed, utilizing videos and corresponding study guides. Once you complete the online portion of your preparation, you are invited to join other parents and our preparation facilitation team for a faith sharing discussion. This will be a required session for parents. Godparents need not attend, but certainly are encouraged to attend if they wish. These sessions will be held monthly on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM in the Queen of Peace room in the Parish Center (directly in front of you when you pull into the church parking lot). You should plan on attending the month before the date of the Baptism (ex. If the Baptism is in August, plan on attending the second Tuesday in July.)
The primary portion of the REBORN program is sessions 1, 2 and 3. Make sure to print out/download the study guides and answer the group discussion questions and the reflection question on the following page. They will not only be essential to you being able to fully participate in the session, but the guides will be how we take attendance. There are additional videos, which are very helpful but won’t be discussed at our session. The fourth installation focuses on ways to build sharing the faith into your family’s experiences. The fifth video focuses primarily on the role of Godparents. It is a good resource for anyone looking for an understanding of the true role of the Godparent in the eyes of the Church; particularly Godparents and parents choosing Godparents. Please click below for guidelines to help you in choosing a Godparent:
Baptisms are on the first and third Saturdays of the month at 12:00 pm. Baptisms will be scheduled once the parents have attended the discussion session and Letters of Eligibility for Godparents, or Proof of Baptism for the Christian Witness, have been received. If you have any questions about the preparation program or how to log into the website, you may call or email the Faith Formation Director, Bobby Allen at 215-945-0215 or moc.l1550816918iamg@1550816918noita1550816918mrofu1550816918q1550816918
The Baptism of your child follows the completion of the on-line and faith sharing sessions for both parents. If you are unable to attend the session, the Baptism will be postponed until the online and in person sessions are completed. Parents are expected to consult the eligibility requirements and guidelines for someone having the gift and responsibility of being asked to be the Godmother or Godfather.
Please make arrangements for the care of your children during the Baptismal sessions.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING TO THE SESSION:
(1) ANSWERED QUESTION SHEETS FROM STUDY GUIDES 1,2 AND 3
(2) LETTERS OF ELIGIBILITY FOR THE GODPARENTS.