Back in the Fold

By Mitch Finley

I became Catholic at age 9, one fine May morning in 1956. In the manner of the pre-Vatican II church, my parents, my sister and I gathered around the baptismal font in the back of the little parish church in Grangeville, Idaho,with only our various godparents in attendance. One by one, we each leaned over the baptismal font—my younger sister and I standing on a little stool—as Father Lafey poured the blessed water over each of our foreheads and spoke the ancient words—in Latin, of course: “I baptize thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”…

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