February 20, 2014

Oliver's Baptism/Name/Raising Children in the Faith

We joyfully welcomed Oliver Elijah into the Catholic Church on January 18, 2014.  It was a very special day, and both of our families came from out of town to witness the beautiful sacrament and to celebrate with us and Oliver.  

Many have asked how we chose the name Oliver Elijah, and I'll share even though it's not the most exciting story.  
We wanted his name to be a saint's name because our priest said that it's an important tradition to name children after saints since their name will mark them as a Christian.  We also wanted his name to be something uncommon, but not totally out there.  Thomas and I both loved the name Oliver, and lo and behold, there is a Saint Oliver Plunkett.  He's not a well known saint and there's not a lot of information about his life, but he publicly forgave those who were responsible for his death.  I'd say that's setting a pretty good example and namesake.  Since it's not a common name, St. Oliver probably has plenty of time to pray for and intercede on the behalf of our Oliver! ;) 

When we were thinking about middle names, I absolutely loved the name Elijah, but Thomas was not as big of a fan at first.  We decided to make it his middle name after hearing a reading at mass where a woman said to Elijah: "Now indeed I know that you are a man of God...the word of the Lord comes truly from your mouth" (1 Kings 17:24).  After all, that is what we most desire for our dear son.  To be a man of God.  To love the Lord more than anything and to cherish his Catholic faith.  
Made it up until it was time to take pictures until he started crying! 

His baptism was very special, but it was also intimidating in a way.  As parents, Thomas and I made a promise.  We are responsible for raising him in the faith and instructing him in the way of the Lord.  We are supposed to help him learn to pray, appreciate the mass, and learn about his faith. One day we will have to answer up to God for what we did or did not do to lead him and any of our future children to heaven.  To me, that is the scariest part of parenting and the part that I worry about the most.  Being partially responsible for your child's salvation.  I can only pray that God will grant us the graces we need in order to fully do that job and to be good examples in the way we live our lives.  
With his Godparents (My brother and sister)

I hope and pray that Oliver will always love God more than anything else in the world, that he will be a light to those around him, and that his life will be an example of the joy found through Christ in a world that is in such need of our saving God.  And may Thomas and I learn how to teach him to do so. 


  1. Congratulations, Sweet baby!
    Such a beautiful day. Baptism Day was always a favorite...can you still smell the Chrism Oil?!?
    And you, my dear, are stunning. : )

  2. What a wonderful day. I didn't know there was a St. Oliver. You look so beautiful. I am glad that your family was there to help you celebrate this special day.

  3. Beautiful name and such beautiful write up about the importance of leading our children in the ways of Christ. God will certainly give you the graces! Such a beautiful testimony of love....thank you for sharing.

  4. I was going to ask you how you came up with his name, actually! I love it! I have not heard the name used at all these days and it is such a pretty name! Now I know! He's the only Oliver I know and I'm sure many people can say that....so that makes your baby unique! :-) Lovely!

  5. Congratulations, Oliver! What a wonderful day & celebration for your family. You are a beautiful witness to our faith, and Oliver is blessed to have parents who take their responsibility so seriously. I know God will bless you all! Thanks for sharing, Caitlin.

  6. I love how you explain what his name means...welcome to the Church Oliver! You're in the best place to be:)

  7. Beautiful name and baptism, Caitlin! I'm curious, what made you guys decide against full submersion for baptism?

    1. Thank you Ali! It's not that we decided against it...that's just the way our parish does baptisms!

  8. I LOVE his name. Love it! God bless all of you guys!

  9. Sucker for beautiful baptisms right here. One of my favorite people in the world is named John Oliver and I do love your combination, as well. What a great name! Thanks for linking up ~K