Throughout Lent, the archbishop is calling us to live as baptised people and to prepare to renew our baptismal promises at Easter. Therefore, it was a great privilege to have Archbishop Diarmuid Martin baptise one of our youngest members of the Traveller community last week in St Peter’s Church in Phibsborough, Dublin 7. The family really appreciated the hospitality of the local parish priest, Fr. Aiden CM.
As the family gathered, we acknowledge that baptism is a very important time for the whole extended family, in particular the grandparents and great grandparent, who are eager to have the child baptised very soon after being born. The occasion was one of many Traveller baptisms happening throughout Lent, when the average age to have our babies baptised is between two weeks and two months.
Archbishop Martin wants us, as a Christian community, to have a “living sense of being a baptised people”; and to prompt others to re-awaken Baptism in their lives:
“I hope this Lent many of us will move from thinking that “I was baptised” to realising that “I am baptised”.
Along with others throughout the diocese, the Parish of the Travelling People encourages its parishioners to take some time to reflect on your baptism this Lent. In this way, our community and the members of all of our families can prepare to renew our Baptismal promises this Easter.