A child’s Baptism is usually undertaken at the direction of their parents, but six primary school children in the Blue Mountains made their own decision to be baptised. Source: Catholic Outlook.
By Mary Brazell, Catholic Outlook
Patrick, Perran, Kamran, Ayla, Cooper and Harry from St Canice’s Primary School, Katoomba, were baptised with the support of their families and school community during a special ceremony at St Canice’s Church, Katoomba earlier this year. St Canice’s is part of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Parish, Upper Blue Mountains.
“I wanted to get baptised to get closer to God and to get closer to the Catholic faith,” candidate Kamran said.
“Before my Dad died, he said I could choose the religion I would like to follow. I chose to be a Catholic. I wanted to be part of the Catholic family,” Cooper said.
The children were relaxed and reverent as they were each baptised and anointed by parish priest Fr Carlos Walker IVE.
“The children, along with their families, were active in making this decision [to be baptised],” St Canice’s principal Miriam Meaney told Catholic Outlook.
“Essentially, the children gathered their families into our Catholic community through the Sacrament of Baptism.”
Former Religious Education Coordinator and teacher at St Canice’s Alan Wedesweiler, who helped organise the service, told Catholic Outlook “it was an amazingly awesome opportunity for our school to bear witness to this ancient initiation ritual and to stand in solidarity and support for their fellow students as they continue their faith journey.”
Six school children welcomed into Catholic faith (Catholic Outlook)