This volume aims to open parents' hearts and minds to a deeper understanding of their Catholic faith. It asks them to confirm their own beliefs as they prepare to share their faith with their child. Parents are offered basic information as well as new insights on the topics of baptism, sin, grace, faith, and the baptismal rite and its symbols. This revised edition reflects the realities of contemporary life, which include single-parent families, parents whose beliefs are tenuous or confused, mixed marriages and parents who have put off baptism of their children beyond infancy. The book is divided into four parts. Each part contains a mother's page and a father's page based on the topic, as well as a reflection about the parent's role in relation to the topic, a basic theology "lesson", ideas for prayer and pondering, and a second mother's/father's page that facilitates discussion of the topic together. This pre-baptism programme can by offered in one to three sessions, with a comprehensive leader's guide suggesting format as well as programme outline.
God and the Church; God and sin; becoming a Christian parent; preparing for the ceremony.