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What I Wore Sunday: November 24 Stephen is Chrismated!

on November 25, 2013

Hi, linking up with Fine Linen and Purple. This week I worn a long black dress from Liz Lange Maternity for Target; black sweater from Old Navy (it was a gift a few years ago), my Clarks boots. Sorry I don’t have a full-length photo. We were taking pictures of more important things.

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After the Liturgy.

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Stephen and his chrismation sponsors. They are Agnes’ godparents!

This Sunday was very special for our family; Stephen was fully initiated into the Catholic faith by receiving the Mystery (sacrament) of Chrismation, and Holy Eucharist. In the Eastern tradition of Catholicism, infants receive baptism, chrismation, and Eucharist at the same time, but Roman Catholic babies receive only baptism as infants. Stephen was baptized as a baby, and yesterday he received the other Mysteries. We are so happy for him! We had planned for Stephen and Agnes to do this at the same time, so Agnes’ godparents were already planning to visit for the weekend and sponsor Stephen for chrismation. When Agnes went back to the hospital, we decided to go ahead with Stephen’s chrismation. He actually had already received his “first” Holy Communion on Thursday: Fr. Sal gave communion to his own small child at Liturgy, then Stephen was next in line. Fr. Sal offered to Stephen out of habit and Stephen actually took it! So yesterday, Stephen made his “second” Holy Communion. Oh well, it worked out fine in the end!

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Stephen’s sponsors remove his footwear, and unbutton his shirt.

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Fr. Sal anoints Stephen very quickly!

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Stephen receives his “second” Holy Communion.

I don’t know if you have ever seen a two year old child receive an anointing on forehead, eyes, ears, chest, hands, and feet, but I can tell you it goes very quickly. Fr. Sal started saying “receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” or whatever the exact words are, kind of hovering his hand and when he spotted an opening, he swooped in and anointed everything super fast! It was kind of funny. Stephen was in shock. He was bewildered at the speed with which his sponsors removed his shoes and socks and unbuttoned his shirt, then all of a sudden Fr. Sal was attacking him with fragrant oil. He took communion again, which I was a little nervous about because toddlers are capricious, so all in all it was a wonderful event for our family!

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Turkey cookies, idea from Pinterest.

After Liturgy, the parish hosted its annual Thanksgiving dinner complete with all the trimmings. I had asked last week if they still needed any contributions, and I was told to bring a dessert that would appeal to children because I guess kids don’t like pie. So I found a cute project on Pinterest and it actually turned out really well! That doesn’t happen so often with those cute Pinterest ideas, but this time it worked!

The special thing about this dinner was the parish donated all the proceeds from the raffle contest to Agnes! Jeremy and are so blessed by Holy Ghost, and we are overwhelmed by the generosity and caring of the parishioners. Because of the raffle money, we now have enough funds that we can go out this week or next week and buy a van for Agnes with cash. We cannot express enough how grateful we are for our parish family. It truly was the working of the Holy Spirit for us to end up at Holy Ghost.

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3 responses to “What I Wore Sunday: November 24 Stephen is Chrismated!

  1. Kathy Schwager says:

    It is so good to hear that this special day went so well. Your “church family” at Holy Ghost has really been a blessing from God. I’m so thrilled for your family that you can now get the van to transport Agnes safely!

    The pictures are really nice, and the cookies are very cute. I’m sure the kids loved them.

  2. marti mc says:

    Oh how wonderful! God is so good! Such good news after such a tough couple of weeks. Now, buy that Van and bring that baby home. That is my prayer today.

  3. JeneaSwainston says:

    Oh Hallalouia!! I know that is not how it’s spelled but I am too excited about your wonderful donation fromyour church family to go look it up! This is wonder ful news! Thank them from me too!
    Now we need to double up on prayers for Agnes to recover and come home in that new van!!!
    Hugs all around!
    Not being Catholic I am sure I don’t understand all the significance of the thing with Stephen but I am happy that it’s a good thing and you are happy!!

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