After confirming the arrangements and being assured all I had to do was attend one meeting and show up on the day of the baptism, I got busy.
I sent invitations to family and friends and organized a party.
When I got to the meeting five days before the baptism, I learned the baptism had been canceled because the priest would be doing confirmations instead.
I can't tell you how angry I was at the church. When I learned my child would not be baptized, it was too late to go elsewhere. — No Baptism, El Centro
Sharp-eyed readers may note an El Centro mother is complaining because her child's baptism was canceled at a Calipatria church.
That's a clue to the plight of Catholics with no church home. Some churches will not baptize or administer other sacraments to Catholics who are not registered in their parishes.
St. Patrick's baptizes all children, sometimes as many 40 or 50 kids. The Rev. Amador Lopez baptizes children on the first and last Saturday of each month. Orphan Catholics from around the Valley bring their kids to St. Patrick's for baptism.
The April 27 and May 11 baptisms were canceled for confirmation and first communion services. Why don't you give the church another chance? This time get the child baptized, then plan the party.
COMPLETE PLEASURE GUIDE — I have the complete lyrics for the song for the 50th wedding anniversary.
"It's Later Than You Think," first verse:
You work and work for years and years
You're always on the go
You never take a minute off
Too busy making dough
Someday you say you'll have your fun
When you're a millionaire
Imagine all the fun you'll have
In your old rocking chair
Chorus: Enjoy yourself it's later than you think
Enjoy yourself while you're still in the pink
The years go by quickly as a wink,
Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself, it's later than you think
You're going to take that ocean trip
No matter come what may
You've got your reservations made
But you can't get away
Next year you'll see the world
You'll really get around
But how far can you travel
When you're six feet underground
— Music Man, San Diego
Thank you. We'll do the rest of this Monday.