Celebrating Our Baptism ... Again and Again and Again

Retired Auxiliary Bishop Richard J. Sklba's collection of memorial cards from funerals inspired this recent Herald of Hope column for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's Catholic Herald weekly.

"The cards invariably record dates of birth and death, sometimes ordination or marriage, and occasionally include a picture, biblical citation or a favorite prayer.

"Almost never do we find the date of a baptism noted..."
This strikes him as strange.
"...initial membership in God’s eternal family marks us forever, and consequently its anniversary should really be celebrated every year."
He's been practicing what he preaches.
"On the anniversary of my baptism, I always pray for the priest (Fr. Henry Novotny) who baptized me at old Holy Trinity Parish in Racine and for my long-deceased godparents (Mary and Joe)."

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