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Benedict’s Baptism

Benedict’s Baptism

Our parish usually does baptisms on Saturday; but when I discovered that a possible weekend was the weekend of my birthday, I determined to see if there might be a way to have the baptism on Sunday instead. What better way to celebrate my birthday than with the baptism of my son?

The happiness of the day was disturbed when Dom got a call after mass from his brother Bernie—he and his wife Carol are Benedict’s godparents. Carol was at the hospital with my nephew Sam (26) who had had a heart attack. It was uncertain whether she’d be able to make it to the ceremony.

Turns out Sam had actually had the heart attack Tuesday night. He’s ok but has sustained some damage to his heart. Carol was able to make it to the ceremony but they were not able to come back to the party afterward.

Still, it was a gorgeous baptism.

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Benedict with his godmother, Auntie Carol.

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Blessed with oil.

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Pouring the water.

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All the nieces and nephews gathered round to watch the baptism.

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Singing an alleluia to welcome Benedict into the Church.

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Benedict in his white garment.

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Benedict receives the light of Christ.

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Bella swings at the pinata my parents brought from Texas. Because what’s a party without a pinata.

A wonderful, joy filled day with friends and family gathered together. We were very blessed to have Fr. Murphy, our former pastor from Salem, come down to celebrate the baptism. Also present was our current pastor, Fr. Riley.

And now it’s time for bed. I’ll write more details tomorrow.

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