Claire's Baptism

Claire Engelbrecht, Living Church, Block B

Baptism Day

I was baptized on February 2001 at St. Mary Magdalene Church. My outfit at my baptism was a christening dress that was custom made from the train of my mother's wedding dress. It looked like a sailor dress with brocade. My older sister, Maddy, wore the same dress to her baptism too. A priest presided my baptism. My family said it was a beautiful ceremony. All my family members who attended lived in Orange County so they did not travel that far. After the Baptism, my family hosted an after party with food, games, and swimming.
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Godparents

My godparents are James Keifer and Tammy Hoyt. James is my uncle from my mom's side and Tammy is my mom's college best friend. I see my godfather very often at family get-togethers and baseball games for his children. Recently, Tammy moved to Florida and I have not seen her since, but my mom keeps in touch with her. Their role as my godparents was more ceremonial.

The Cell Phone Story

During my baptism ceremony, there were many other families participating in the ceremony and baptizing their babies as well. There was a man next to my family on the altar whose phone kept on ringing. Since it kept ringing, he answered it and was talking out loud during the ceremony! My mom was a writer and she wrote an article about the man talking on the cell phone and the Union Tribune published it! Ever since that incident, the St. Mary Magdalene Church made a sign that says, "PLEASE SILENCE ALL CELL PHONES DURING LITURGY."

The story behind my name

My parents named me after the actress Claire Danes. My parents were out on a date to the movies and they both saw the movie, Romeo and Juliet with Leo and Claire Danes and thought the name “Claire” was a beautiful name.

Gospel Reading


Salt and Light:

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5: 13-16)



I selected this reading because this gospel passage is about Jesus saying "You are the light of the world." Jesus is saying that you are special and nothing can outshine you. He is telling us to go out into the world and spread the good news. Baptism is about entering the Church and a new faith with God and the whole community. The gospel is about to be the best person God created you to be and show your faith to the world.