Sunday, July 27, 2008

Newest parish to celebrate 10th anniversary

Karen Mahoney reports Special to "Your" Milwaukee Catholic Herald in anticipation of today's celebration at St. Anne Church in Pleasant Prarie.
...the congregation was named in honor of the century-old St. Anne Parish in Milwaukee that had recently shuttered its doors.

Pleasant Prarie was and is a fast-growing community west of Kenosha. As I recall, this St. Anne's is actually a revival of the closed parish, which happens to be where I was baptised.

The accompanying photo illustrates what seems to be a liturgical innovation in these parts, Baptism by semi-immersion. There was such a baptism recently at St. Al's. The rite involves dunking the naked infant three times up to her waist. There might be more to it than that, but that's all I could see. We were given no explanation, so I don't know if it's valid [or licit], but there's no denying its cuteness.

P.S. In our time, baptism of infants by semi-immersion could convey the washing away of the diaper rash of original sin.


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