Baptism of Lillian
This afternoon I had the privilege of baptizing my great-niece, Lillian. The family gathered at Holy Family Church in Peoria, IL for the Liturgy and then gathered at the parents' home for a meal. Grandparents, aunts uncles, great-aunts, great-uncles, cousins and a sibling shared in the celebration.
Clearly visible in the picture on the left is John, Lillian's uncle and godfather, and Patty, her mother. John and Patty are brother and sister. In the picture on the right Rebecca, the baby's cousin and godmother is also visible along with Lillian's grandfather and John and Patty's father seated in the pew.
Pictured on the left is Lillian and her immediate family: mother, Patty; father, Rick; and sister, Mary Ellen.
As a personal reflection I might add, I have been honored to celebrate many sacramental events in my family. I have presided at the marriage of my younger sister (I was not yet ordained when my older sister married), the baptism of my nephews and nieces, the marriages of three of my nieces and one of my nephews, and now I am in the midst of baptizing the great-nieces and nephews. I have also presided at the funerals of my parents. The continuity and expansion of the family is a sure sign of God's love for us. As I said before, I have much to be thankful for.