This past Saturday we baptized Allie Claire into the Catholic church. It brought so much happiness to our family and also reminded us of God’s greatest gift: new life.
“Baptism is significant among the seven sacraments because it is the gateway to the others. We must first be baptized to receive any of the other sacraments. The purpose of the sacraments is to sanctify people, to build up the body of Christ, and, finally, to worship God.” Sacrosanctum Consilium, 59
Allie receiving the first of two oils during the ceremony. The oils are used to signify that God will always be present to strengthen, heal, and renew us.
Brett and I, along with Allie’s Godparents will continue to teach and talk about faith with Allie as she grows. We plan to teach her how to pray, and encourage her to participate in the sacraments of the Church (reconciliation, first Communion, confirmation). Through out mentoring we pray that she will one day pass on the gift of faith to others.
Here my brother, Allie’s godfather, is lighting the baptismal candle from the Easter candle. This is to remind us of the light of Christ and flame of the Spirit within Allie. It also reminds all Christians of their duty to keep the light glowing.
Brett, Allie, and I with Deacon Marty
Our sweet baptized angel.
Our baby’s baptism was a celebration and the beginning of a lifetime of love and grace that we shared with our deacon, Allie’s godparents, and close family. It was a special day and reminded us of our own baptismal promises and calling.
After the ceremony we had a small gathering at our home. My brother made a jambalaya, and other family members contributed other tasty dishes as well. We ended the afternoon with cake and coffee.
I chose to baptize Allie in the same gown I wore for my baptism. The dress was made by a family friend of my parents. I’m a sucker for smocked gowns, so I felt no need to purchase a new baptismal dress – especially since this gown had only been worn once and was in great condition. Check out the images I captured of Allie in her baptismal gown below.
This crib ornament was passed on to Allie from her granny. It once was attached to her father’s crib when he was a baby.