Better late than never, right?

>> Monday, October 02, 2006

Well, to make a long story short, this weekend my three kids were baptised. In the Roman Catholic Church, as in many others, this should have been done shortly after birth. Given my propensity to procrastinate, my geographical distance from family, and quite honestly, my own debates about religion, I wasn't sure when it would happen. But, the fact that Jonah is supposed to make his First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion this year (the former next month!!), I ran out of excuses.

The day was absolutely lovely. My sister, with the same list of excuses, brought her two children, Matthew (12) and Ayla (7) to be baptised as well. My mother would have been so happy -- or perhaps she is. Now, all of her grandchildren have been baptised and have had original sin cleansed away. Archie, in fact, thinks his "meanness" was washed away, LOL, and Jonah had to ask Monsignor Gracz if "his sin went away all at once or if he had to wait a little while for it to happen?" LOL!!

Maren was just delighted by her gorgeous white slip dress -- that matched Ayla's -- and freaked a bit when it was time to have the water poured over her head. As Monsignor said "in the name of the Father, "in the name of the Son, "and in the name of the Holy Spirit" as he poured water on her head" Maren said, "no," stop," and "all done" in unison with him. It was quite funny!

I'll post pics soon, I hope~ but now I must start packing for our Disney vacation. A whole week with my sister and her kids!!! I'm ecstatic, and having cousins around made my kids so happy. Archie even astutely noted that Maren needs a big sister...she adores Ayla. Ah, but that's something I can't do anything about right now :-).

Happy Fall! Carol

9 comments:

Shelley 3:13 AM  

Congrats! We did the family dunking too - although it was mainly because my sister wanted to sneak it past her anti-Catholic husband! I must say that I was worried that Kit (the younger of my twins) would scream "It burns! It burns!" when he had the holy water poured on his head - and indeed he did scream but at 12 months old his vocab wasn't up to expressing his feelings (thank goodness!). Seriously though - congrats - it is a wonderful link between generations and a chance to thank God for the mystery that is our children.

Michelle 1:45 PM  

that must have been so special to have your kids and your sister's kids all baptized together!

mum2brady 2:56 PM  

Congratulations - what a special day for your kids - and how fun to share it with cousins! Can't wait to see pictures :)

Hope you have the BEST time at Disney - my family loves it there, and I do too - I could go every day and never tire of it - although that's only Disneyland, we've yet to venture to Disneyworld :) Take lots of pics and have a wonderful vacation!!

Rebecca 2:27 PM  

I would like to add your blog to the Gifts website as a personal link. There are currently several blogs there.

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I think it would make a nice addition to our list. Please let me know if this is acceptable by emailing me at: rebecca_phong[at]segullah.org

Rebecca 3:56 PM  

Silly me, I already have it listed. You may delete these two comments if you like. :)

Tara Marie 7:58 PM  

Thinking of you....

Tara Marie 4:36 AM  

Hey,,,,I miss you!

nashtaters 8:04 PM  

Hey is there some Blog Removal if you don't update for OUR convienence???

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DeRogatis/Frilingos Household 4:37 PM  

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Your kids are adorable!

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