Tag Archives: Baptism

inside homebound luggage (3/4)

26 Jun

Erin and John now have a daughter. Jonah now has a sister. Her name is Rosemary Grace.

On my “must do” list for the Holy Land was to find and bring back a gift for Rosie to give her for her birth and at her baptism.

Rose. Mary. Grace. Hmm.

Rose-ary. Good idea.

Mary, full of Grace. Good prayer.

It was easy to decide and to find.

Rose Mary 01

The rosary is made of rose petals. Perfect for the “rose” and the “Mary” parts of Rosemary Grace!

Rose Mary 02

Mary and Joseph, the baby and the donkey are made from olive wood. Perfect for the “Mary” and the “grace” parts of Rosemary Grace!

The rose-ary and the olive wood are from Bethlehem.

Rosemary Grace is from Miami Township.

It will all come together on Labor Day weekend, when we baptize Rosemary Grace as we pour the water, and when we pray a “Hail Mary, full of grace” as we hold her.

no “volunteers” wanted

14 Jan

Trinity Ministry 01

At Baptism we are welcomed into the inner life and the outer activity of the Trinity.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit we love one another and enter fully into the lives of each other.

In the name of the Father, the Creator, we protect and enhance all of creation, leaving everything and everyone better than we found them.

In the name of the Son, the Redeemer, we use our every God-given ability and our every God-given situation to lift up and rescue everything and everyone from any distress and despair.  

In the name of the Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier, we live life with serenity, courage and wisdom, and live among everyone as people of gratitude, hope and joy.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, in the name of the Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier, everything that we are and everything that we do is spent for the good of others and the glory of God, for the sanctification of the world and the salvation of souls.

When it comes to ministry in the Catholic Church, there are no “volunteers”. Being involved in the work of the Church is not optional. When we were baptized, we became “co-workers” with God. Being baptized, it is our duty to work with God in creating, redeeming and sanctifying the world. We have been given a mission!

St. Andrew Parish Ministry Fare takes place in the church (basement) hall after all the Sunday Masses on the weekend of January 18-19, 2014.

“homework” from Pope Francis

14 Nov

“The Lord Jesus is so good that he never tires of forgiving me. Remember that! Baptism opens the doors of the church. Look up the date of your baptism. But also, when the door starts closing a bit because of our weakness and sins, confession reopens it.”

“Let’s go forward joyfully, OK? Because life must be lived with the joy of Jesus Christ,” he said. “This is a grace from the Lord.”