The Pre-Jordan Program offers Baptism preparation classes for parish families having their first child baptized. Classes are typically held on the first Sunday of the month in the church basement immediately following the 9:30 AM Mass, and last about 30 minutes. Children and Godparents are welcome to attend.
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, we are suspending in-person Pre-Jordan classes. Please stop by the rectory to pick up a packet with helpful information. You can contact Mrs. Maureen O’Malley, our parish secretary, at 610-789-7788 or firstname.lastname@example.org, to confirm office hours at the rectory. Should you have any further questions, contact parishioners, Steve and Mary Porth, at 610-449-6950 or email@example.com.
Letter and Contact Information Regarding Pre-Jordan During Pandemic:
In the traditional Rite of Baptism the presider asks some preliminary questions then recognizes the child by name and says, “The Church of God welcomes you with great joy!”
As fellow parishioners and parents we, too, welcome you and your child to St. Dorothy Parish with great joy. If the child you’re bringing forward for Baptism is an infant, that probably means you have lived part of the pregnancy, birth, and newborn days in a very strange and different “Pandemic” world. There is much that has changed in our daily lives these last months, but what will never change is this parish community’s collective rejoicing at your saying yes to new life and to sharing a vibrant faith with your little ones. Although we’ve suspended in-person Pre-Jordan classes due to Covid-19, we want you to feel welcome to contact us, or any of the Pre-Jordan team members listed below, with any questions you have as you prepare for this special day. If we don’t immediately have answers for you, we promise to get them.
When we host Pre-Jordan classes, we always ask parents to reflect and to discuss with each other why they are seeking out Baptism for their child. There are no correct answers to this question. Maybe your faith is a central part of your life and you’re aware of the importance of Baptism as the sacrament of initiation that opens the door to the other sacraments and graces available in the Catholic Church. Perhaps you think culturally it’s just what is done, or perhaps the grandparents are insisting on it. You may agree with the dad who stated about his daughter, “I want her to have what I have.” Or maybe you can relate to the comments of a mom who referenced the consolation of living a life with faith and meaning, wanting her son to know, “there’s more to life than what is in front of him.”
No matter where you are in your thinking at this moment, God is waiting to welcome you and your family with open arms. We at St. Dorothy Parish will do all we can to support you as you nurture your child’s natural inclination toward God. Please know that we are praying for God’s choicest blessings for your families as you prepare for Baptism, and in all the days ahead.
Steve and Mary Porth
St. Dorothy Pre-Jordan Ministry
Pre-Jordan Team Contact Information
Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have.
Carolyn and Andy Corr
Stephanie and Brad Cowman
215-205-3696 or 267-530-1318
Lynn and Dan Hayes
Mary and Steve Porth
Elinor and Matt Stewart