The Baptism of a child is a significant moment in the life of a Christian family. Parents are expected to participate in a Baptismal Preparation session that helps them to better integrate the new birth and the change this initiates in family life into their spiritual lives. Because infant Baptism relies upon the parents' commitment of faith, the Baptismal preparation is geared to stirring up the faith of parents so that they can celebrate the Baptism of their child with joy and a mature awareness of what is expected of them as Christian parents. Session are designed to welcome both first time parents and those expected 2nd, 3rd, or 4th babies. Married couples are trained to facilitate these sessions with parents.
For information on Baptismal Preparation, contact Sue Matousek at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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MARRIAGE PREPARATION / FOCCUS
FOCCUS is an acronym for "Facilitating Open Couple Communication, Understanding, and Study". The FOCCUS instrument is a self-diagnostic tool designed to help engaged couples learn more about themselves and their unique relationship. It provides individualized couple feedback on where each partner stands in regard to areas important to marriage. The engaged couple meets with the FOCCUS leaders (a married couple) a minimum of two times prior to the marriage ceremony. FOCCUS ministry couples are trained to administer the FOCCUS instrument and help the engaged read and interpret the results. It is an important part of preparing for marriage and is mandatory for couples being married at Saint Mary of the Annunciation.
For information on FOCCUS and arranging your wedding at Saint Mary's, contact the Parish Office at 847.223.0010.