My Baptism

By Tifany Nguyen

Interviewing My Mom

Me: Were there any special things that happened?

Mom: No, not really

Me: Were there any special visitors who traveled to get there?

Mom: We just had relatives in San Diego come over and celebrate.

Me: Was there a party afterwards?

Mom: Yes. We ate and celebrated ad you received gifts - clothes and toys.

Me: Were there any special traditions connected to your family or culture?

Mom: In the Vietnamese culture, we baptize within month.

Presider: Father Joseph Lai (priest)

Monday, Dec. 27th 1999 at 9pm

Good Shepherd Catholic Church

My parents did not know the priest very well, but my uncle who was ordained a while ago is the now one of the priests of the parish.

My Name

My baptism name is Maria, after my godmother's baptism name. Also, My parents admires St. Maria, known for her forgiveness.

My legal name Is Tifany. My parents chose this name because it was close to my Vietnamese name, Thy. They had recently immigrated from Vietnam, so they just chose a common name that they heard about.

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My Godmother

My godmother is my aunt Ha Tran. My parents chose her because she was a faithful and religious person. My parents admired her and she would be easy to contact. Unfortunately, I don't keep in contact with my godmother very much. I only see her when we have family get-togethers, about once or twice a year.

A reading from the holy Gospel of Matthew 28:16-20

"The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

I chose this passage because the words of Jesus really captured the meaning of Baptism. He commission the Apostles to "make disciples of all nations," just like we, the children of God, have a duty to spread the Word of God and evangelize all around the world. When Jesus says, "I am with you always, until the end of the age." These words would give anyone who listens courage in the face of fear.

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My family, including my grandmas and grandpas, and me