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Overheard in the rectory: baby talk

Young mother to the deacon:

“My mother told me you can’t bring a baby to Mass until it’s been baptized. Is that true??”

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posted September 13, 2009 at 5:11 pm

Orthodox women are churched forty days after giving birth, when they and their babies are welcomed back to church. This morning, Matuskha Jennifer, our deacon's wife, and their new son were welcomed back into the church. Women are churched before the baby is baptized (or they wouldn't be able to attend their own child's baptism). The baby is churched right after he is baptized and chrismated.Very politically incorrect, I suppose.

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posted September 13, 2009 at 7:54 pm


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posted September 13, 2009 at 8:03 pm

Meggan…I imagine most Catholics today have never heard of the term.There's a good explanation of it right here. Dcn. G.

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posted September 14, 2009 at 12:35 am

We have a program that is similar in that when a woman is pregnant, we urge her to let a group in the parish know who make themselves available to help during the first 40 days after anything happens from hopefully birth or in some cases miscarriage. Out goal is to help women with anything they need from time of conception, with special focus on those critical days after birth. It goes with the Churching concept. We also help them with insuring that they have the child baptised and getting them and Catholic godparents to the various instructions for them prior to baptism. We call the entire process churching. We have recently had several parishes come to learn more and model it for their parish.

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posted September 14, 2009 at 8:05 am

I baptized a little girl yesterday and introduced myself as a newly ordained deacon – (In case I goofed something up) – after the service one of the attendees said – So deacon – when will you really be ordained? I said as soon as the church and my wife and six kids say its OK – he walked away just a bit baffledDeacon Joe

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