My parents have been pushing for Charlie's baptism since we arrived home from China. I know they were concerned about having him baptized before their return to California. One night, my friend Carrie was over and mentioned what a perfect season Easter would be for his baptism. The next day, I phoned our "family Deacon", Deacon Lee, and he arranged for Charlie to be baptized at the Easter Vigil at St. Vincent Ferrer! What a miraculous event to take place at such a meaningful time!
This will be our first "public" baptism, and it is a very special one for our family. I remember when going through RCIA several years back, Deacon Lee told us about how years ago, all baptisms were public. It was only recently (sorry, I don't remember how recently) that private baptism services became popular. A public baptism seems so fitting for Charlie given everything that our friends and our beloved St. Vincent's community have been through alongside us in the past year or more. We know that so many prayed for Daniel. We know that so many have prayed for Charlie. We are grateful for such an amazing support system in this world.
We wish that all of you were close enough to be present for Charlie's baptism. We know that you have been "invested" in our lives as well, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We promise to post pictures.