Erin's Baptism: A History

by Erin Prevo

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Quick Facts

Where?

St. Therese Church

Priest? or Deacon?

Deacon Bob

Parents?

Daniel and Aletia Prevo

Godparents

Matt Weston and Megan Weston Finnely

Interview with the Parents

Were there any special things that happened -- such as funny stories or unusual events that day? Is there a story behind the outfit you wore? Were there special visitors who travelled to get there? Was there a party afterward? Were there any special traditions connected to you family and/or culture?

"One thing that was interesting was our neighbor, Deacon Bob, was able to perform your Baptism. It was private, and delayed. We had to wait for your Aunt Meggie to have a performance out in Southern California for you to get Baptized. Otherwise, it would have been done a few months earlier. I wanted you to be Baptized in the same outfit that I was Baptized in, as well as your brother and sister, but you were a big baby. So I just went to Marshall's, and got a PRECIOUS gown for you! You looked so cute that day! After, we had a big taco fiesta for you. Other than the dress, there weren't any special traditions. I do wish Deacon Bob could have Baptized the whole family though!"

-Mom

What is the story behind your name? Why did your parents choose your name?

"Mom and I thought about this forever! We wanted an Irish name, and we didn't really name you after anyone in particular, we just like what it meant. Erin was always a choice! We really wanted to stick to the Irish theme; Sean, Katherine, Erin. I did have my doubts having a boy-girl name, but it was okay. There was no doubt about your middle name, Grace. We were actually going to have your named that, but we though Erin Grace sounded better. We even practiced saying your name to see if we could stand it!"

-Mom and Dad

Explain your relationship with your Godparents. How did your parents choose them? Are they family members? friends? Do you stay in touch? If so, how often? Have they taken an active role in your spiritual growth as a Christian?

My godparents are two of my mother's siblings; my Aunt Meggie and Uncle Matt. I am very close with both of them. However, I do see my Uncle Matt more than my aunt because she lives in New York. They have always supported me in all accomplishments as a Christian. But, my aunt often could not go to events such as my First Communion and Reconciliation because of distance, but my uncle has been there to represent them both.


"We chose your godparents because we wanted them to be family and practicing Catholics. Of course, it would be your aunt and uncle!"

-Mom

Who presided at your Baptism (deacon, priest)? Did your parents know the priest or deacon who presided?

My neighbor, Deacon Bob presided my Baptism. My parents knew him for about three years before then, and he has been able to see me grow up ever since.

Isiah 42: 1-4, 6-7

Thus says the LORD:
Here is my servant whom I uphold,
my chosen one with whom I am pleased,
upon whom I have put my spirit;
he shall bring forth justice to the nations,
not crying out, not shouting,
not making his voice heard in the street.
a bruised reed he shall not break,
and a smoldering wick he shall not quench,
until he establishes justice on the earth;
the coastlands will wait for his teaching.


I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice,
I have grasped you by the hand;
I formed you, and set you
as a covenant of the people,
a light for the nations,
to open the eyes of the blind,
to bring out prisoners from confinement,
and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.

Why I Chose This Reading

I chose this reading because I like how the gospel indicates how we are created and chosen specifically by God. When Isaiah says, "I have grasped you by the hand; I formed you, and set you as a covenant of the people..." I feel Isaiah is calling out to the people to embrace where they originally come from, which is God. Another example of God's presence is when Isaiah writes, "Here is my servant whom I uphold. my chosen one whom I am pleased..." With this quote, God is able to express how he created us all in his image and likeness. God reveals his love especially during Baptism.