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Maria Gonzo wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Can I renew my son's baptism?

We baptized him when he was one year old. Unfortunately my parents and grandparents could not attend. My parents were out of town for work. I wanted to wait until they got back, but my mother-in-law took it upon herself to schedule the Baptism with our family church even though I did not want to seeing my grandparents were really sick. It means a lot to me that my family, especially my grandparents who are very religious, be there for the Baptism.

  • Would it be OK if I asked my family priest to renew the ceremony?

Maria

  { Would it be OK if I asked my family priest to renew our son's baptismal ceremony? }

Bob replied:

Maria,

Baptism is not a repeatable Sacrament so anything done would simply be without substance.

I would not ask a priest to redo the ceremony, for that is impossible.

Instead, why not:

  • ask the priest to offer a special blessing after Mass
  • bring out the baptismal garment
  • have some photos with family, and
  • have a little family celebration

— the point being that you are all together and praising God for the gift of this special new child of God.

God bless,

Bob Kirby

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