Auto awesome and my niece’s baptism

St. Faustina Relic
This was the brand-new relic of St. Faustina that the priest had just brought back from Poland

My niece was baptized yesterday on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. My sister and her husband have eight kids now and between baptisms and First Communions, it seems we go to Mass at her parish, St. Adelaide’s in Peabody, about once a year.

It’s a beautiful place mainly because the priests have stuffed it to the gills with statues and paintings and icons and relics of the saints. Every time we go, the kids love to take a tour of the place, pointing out all the well known and not-so well known saints and blesseds, from St. Therese of Lisieux to Blessed Karl von Habsburg.

Incidentally, Google+ has a great feature that when you upload your photos, if it finds any in a series, it will automatically created an animated GIF (they call it “Auto Awesome”), so I’ve included a few here, including one of the moment of baptism of my niece; another of the priest, my sister and her husband, and the godparents posing after; one of the proud parents receiving a special blessing; and one of my five kids sitting all together on my sister’s couch.

The baptismal font before the altar
The baptismal font before the altar
The moment of baptism
The moment of baptism
The blessing of mothers and fathers
The blessing of mothers and fathers
Proud parents, godparents, priest ... and baby.
Proud parents, godparents, priest … and baby.
All five of my kids sitting together in one place
All five of my kids sitting together in one place

 

Domenico Bettinelli, Jr., is a father of five and husband, a Roman Catholic, born in Boston, educated at Franciscan University of Steubenville, who has worked in Catholic media--print, broadcast, and online--since the mid-90s. Find out all about Dom on his About Me page. He is also the CEO of the StarQuest Production Network at sqpn.com. All opinions on this site are solely those of Domenico Bettinelli and do not reflect the opinions of anyone else. See the disclaimer for further details.