Vivian Katherine's Baptism

Our daughter, Vivian Katherine, received her baptism yesterday at 7 p.m. as part of the regular mass at St. John’s Catholic Church in Kitchener. Here are a few photographs from the day, taken by my father.


Great grandmother Lucille O’Connor standing next to my mother. Erin looks in from the extreme left.


Great grandfather Howard O’Connor, enjoys the festivities.


Martin Proctor (left) and Daniel Kukwa (middle and godfather). My mother-in-law Rosemarie is standing.


And the star of the show (Vivian), wearing a baptismal gown that has been worn by four generations of O’Connors and Kribels. It was first made 87 years ago to baptize great grandmother Lucille O’Connor’s older sister, and has been work by each generation since. The socks are mine, from my baptism.


After the church ceremony, the whole family posed for pictures. From left to right you have: my father Eric Bow, my mother Patricia Bow, Michael Allsopp (my mother-in-law’s husband), my mother-in-law Rosemarie O’Connor, me, Vivian, Judy Noteboom (my father-in-law’s wife), my father-in-law Wendell Noteboom, Erin, great grandfather Howard O’Connor and great grandmother Lucille O’Connor. Vivian is blessed to find herself with three sets of grandparents and two great grandparents.


Posing with Father Jim Boudreau, who conducted a wonderful service.

Erin has more baptism photos, and others, on her Flickr account

Vivian didn’t cry during the service, or even during the water torture. And a highlight came when Father Jim took Vivian and walked up and down the aisles, introducing Vivian to everybody in the congregation, and I mean everybody. She didn’t make so much as a peep. And the church had a decent sized crowd for its 7 p.m. Saturday mass.

Thanks to everybody who came out, some coming from many miles away. It was good to have the family around at this special time.

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