An exciting new ministry has begun at The Basilica, one we hope and pray will continue for many months and years. We offer many wonderful opportunities for families here; one can see children actively involved with their parents in some of our liturgical ministries (has a child welcomed you to Mass on a Sunday morning helping out with our hospitality ministry?) They also can be involved in our youth choirs or our faith formation programming that can start as early as age 3 or 4.
One thing we have noticed is that when parents have a new baby, after their baptism preparation and sacrament, there can potentially be a sense of isolation in our faith community. New parents’ energy understandably has to be focused on their new little one, but how do they continue to work on their spiritual lives and form community within the parish? This January we began a new ministry for this particular group of parents, primarily with children ages 0-4. Our goal is twofold: Help parents grow spiritually themselves and in their families, and to help develop community among them. We have already had one speaker on a Sunday morning, and we are planning for another on February 15 from 10:00-11:00am in The Basilica school. We plan to mix up the programming with events such as speakers presenting helpful information along with giving parents a chance to meet and build relationships with others in the parish. For more information or if you have interest in being part of a planning committee for the group, you can email Ben.