Charlie puts on Christ!
Sunday was a perfectly lovely day, with Charlie baptized during noon mass at our parish by the same priest that officiated at our wedding (which we didn’t know about beforehand, so it was a nice surprise) and a reception with our family and close friends in the church social hall afterwards.
Charlie was very well-behaved for all of mass, which we had been a little worried about since we would be sitting in the very front row. For the first couple of weeks after he was born, we sat in what is called the “growing room” during mass. I’m sure most of you probably have something similar at your own parishes; ours is a small room behind a glass wall at the back of the church. There are speakers so that people with small children can sit back there and still hear what is going on, but the few times that Daniel and I sat back there with Charlie were more than enough for us. We found it very difficult to focus on and participate in the liturgy from that room. Since then, we have been sitting along the back wall in the church itself so that we have an easy exit for emergency diaper changes, etc. Anyways, to get back on track, we were very happy that we didn’t even need an easy exit for the entire mass because Charlie was so quiet and seemed to keep his diaper clean! He did spit up on his godmother twice, though, but spitting up is never something to make HIM upset…
He was a little fussy while we were standing up there and the water was poured over his head, but nothing major at all. It was so wonderful for Daniel and me to bring our child to the Church for his first sacrament, and we are so excited to teach him all about our faith so that he can love the Lord as he grows!
As it happens, Sunday’s reception was also the first party that Daniel and I have hosted. Of course, we couldn’t have it at home because our house would never hold fifty people. It went very well, in that I think everyone had a good time, we had a good amount of food as far as I could tell, and the cake was delicious (Costco cakes always are, in my opinion).
This weekend we have a relative break from all of the events that have been going on this past month, which should be refreshing. We hope to visit two sets of grandparents, my dad’s parents on Saturday and Daniel’s dad’s parents on Sunday, although we haven’t actually made any official plans yet. Without going into detail, I would like to ask for prayers for my grandmother, who is not doing very well health-wise. If you don’t mind, please say a prayer for her.
Speaking of prayer, thank you to those of you who prayed for Charlie on his baptism; it was such a special day and is now a treasured memory! And thank you to those family and friends reading this that were there to help welcome our son into our Christian family.
“Charles Edward, you have put on Christ; in Him you have been baptized. Alleluia, Alleluia!”