Belonging: Baptism in the Family of God, Certification Course is designed to provide parents with an incredible encounter with Jesus and with the Church. This program seeks to prepare parents to have their children baptized and to win over their hearts at this important time in their lives. Parents will learn what it means to be children of God and that in the Church, they will always have a place where they belong.
Your host, Father Mike Schmitz, will take you on a journey to discover how in the Church, your child will always have a place where he or she belongs. Everything you need to complete this program and earn your certificate is embedded within this online platform, but we do recommend that you order your copy of the Belonging Parent's Guide, by Colin and Aimee MacIver with Father Mike Schmitz, to enhance your online experience and to keep with you as a point of reference as you and your family grow in faith.
Within this program, you will find
- Readings: a pdf copy of the Parent's Guide for you to review
- Videos: Sessions 1-6, as well a video that presents The Rite of Baptism
- Assessments: to check your understanding
In total, it takes about two hours to complete all of the activities and to earn your digital certificate. You are welcome to complete all content in a day, or you can engage with the content over a week or two.Your access to the materials is not time-sensitive. Be mindful, however, of when you need to hand in your completion certificate to your parish or diocese.
Note for Parent(s) Taking the Program for Online Certification:
Please be sure that your parish or diocese has directed you to this Online Certification Course. This course presents just one step of the Baptism preparation process. Work closely with your parish to ensure that you are aware of all the steps that need to be taken as you and your parish prepare to welcome your child into the family of God.