The Catholic Church recommends babies to be baptised within a few weeks of birth. It’s also pushed within the Filipino community. However, due to the circumstances of the first few months after Joshua’s birth it was not something I could comprehend, especially as Martin and I are both not practicing any faith. I have complete respect for those that follow any religious faith and have sincerest admiration for those that practice their beliefs. However, there has been so many opposition questions that I have faced, wondered myself and certain aspects within my life that makes me choose not be a practicing Catholic. Does this make me a hypocrite? Probably so? Nevertheless, being brought up with Catholicism has provided the great values within me that I would want to bestow onto Joshua. It is not so much about the belief of a God, sacraments and rituals but providing the love to show upon another, to be kind to a neighbour, to have morals and be strong willed. I would love Joshua to be mindful of all religions and respect their ideology. With that in mind, we as parents prepare Joshua for his welcome into the Christian community. It is not just us as parents that Joshua will follow and learn from, but his extended family, his friends, colleagues and his Godparents. Where I’m trying to go with this is, with an excuse for a party as well, this baptism brings both Martins and I important people in our lives together, family and friends. Unfortunately, this is not an often occurrence. This means the world to me, that we can have everyone we dearly love together sharing the joy of our son.
Thank you to mum, who has contributed to this celebration, to our family far and local who attended and our dearest friends. Thank you for the hard work, Eclektik Design – your decorations were amazing! Lola Catering for delicious food. Mimi’s Munchkins for the balloon modelling, Aira for the photographs and Old Rut Rugby Club for the venue and St Josephs Church for the baptising of Joshua.