By: Claire von Berge
My name is Claire Elizabeth von Berge. My mother's great aunt was name Clara and my mother always liked her name. When my parents found out they were having a girl they decided on Claire because of its family connection and because it is a classic and timeless name. My middle name, Elizabeth, was my mother's confirmation name. She always liked it and thought it would a nice middle name for me to have.
Baptismal Garment and Visitors
My baptismal garment was from my godmother. Her children all wore it and it was passed down to me. My whole extended family came to my baptism including my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. My mother's side of the family lives close to us so they came, but my dad's family lives in Ohio and is not Catholic.
My godparents, on the left, are my Aunt Wendy and my Uncle Steve. They are two of my mother's five siblings. My parents chose them as my godparents because they are very good people and they are strong Catholics. I see my godparents all the time. We celebrate holidays together and spend time together. They have taken an active role in my spiritual growth as a Catholic by helping me to grow as an individual and as a Catholic.
The priest who baptized me was Father Clark, the parish priest at the Nativity Church. My parents knew him because that was the church that they attended even before I was born.
My Grandma (Right), My Great-Grandma (Left), and My Mom (Center)
My Cousin Jason and My Uncle Alex
Gospel Reading: Mark 1: 9-11
At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
This passage is about how Jesus went to Galilee and John the Baptist baptized him in the Jordan. After he has been baptized, heaven is torn open and the Spirit comes down telling him, "You are my beloved son. On you my favor rests." This connects to baptism because when a child is being baptized, God comes down from heaven and is present within the child. The child is then cleansed of Original Sin and is an official member of the church. This passage is very powerful and would make an excellent reading at a child's baptism.