This has been a banner couple weeks for the Suprenant family. Earlier this month, daughter Virginia enrolled as a freshman at Benedictine College. Last Saturday, yours truly as well as my son-in-law Nicholas began formation in our archdiocesan diaconate program. Yesterday was the seventh anniversary of the finalization of our son Raymond’s adoption.
And now today we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of our daughter Mary Kate’s Baptism–yes, the same daughter who is now known as Sr. Evangeline, a novice with the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.
We celebrate “Baptism Days” in our family, as we see them–with firm biblical and theological support–as second birthdays. Needless to say, this concept is a real hit with our kids. (So is “birthday week,” but I’ll save that for another post!) We consider these celebrations as excellent reminders to thank God for the mustard seed of faith that was planted in our children–and in us–at Baptism. And it also reminds us of our duty to nurture this life that God has entrusted to us as parents.
We usually at least sing and have cake to recognize the day. Sometimes we will get more elaborate and even light the candle the child received at his or her Baptism. Do the readers of this blog know their Baptism days and those of their children? If so, do you do anything to celebrate these special days?