On Saturday August 27, 2011, our fifth child became a Catholic!
Phil's dad is a Deacon, and he came up to baptize his 11th grandchild. John-Paul served:
Godparents (Fr. Jay and my sister, Sue) traced a cross on Xander's head:
Anointing with the Chrism (smelled so wonderful!):
Deacon Gramps invited the children (there were 25 in all) to come up to the Baptismal Font to see better:
Fr. Jay had only one role as the Godfather...to light the Baptismal candle. It was such a hot day that we had two fans set up, and they kept blowing out the flame! He tried three times, then gave up. I think God understands :)
This candle was a gift to us from another priest, Fr. Ron, who had bought it in Poland. It is huge and GORGEOUS:
The blessing over the Mother (that would be moi):
The Blessing over the Father. This one made me start to cry because that's three generations of Martin men right there...how beautiful!:
We walked over to a statue of our Blessed Mother to consecrate Xander to her, and I told Phil to speak loudly, because I was crying too much to try and talk. Pathetic, you think I would be used to this ;)
Welcome to the Catholic Church!!
Our picture with the godparents:
Posing with my parents:
Posing with Phil's parents:
Just like we did for Maggie, we hosted the Baptism party in the church hall (basement):
The kids played Duck Duck Goose and ran after each other for the whole time:
It was such a beautiful Baptism and a fun party, and I am glad Alexander has received his first of many Sacraments. Praise God!