Wednesday 21 February 2018

Leap of faith as Deirdre (10) celebrates baptism

Grainne Cunningham

Deirdre Luo holds on to her godfather Ted Nugent as Archbishop Diarmuid Martin baptises her in the Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, yesterday. John McElroy

A 10-YEAR-OLD girl was among 11 members of the Chinese community who were baptised into the Catholic faith over the weekend.

On the holiest of nights for Christians, Deirdre Luo, from Donaghmede, Dublin, professed her faith in a packed Pro-Cathedral at the Easter Vigil celebration.

The Easter Vigil is the most important Mass of the liturgical year and an occasion when converts traditionally undergo their full Christian initiation, including the sacraments of Baptism, Holy Communion and Confirmation.

Fr Damien McNiece said the service, which was led by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, was "beautiful".

He said there was a growing number of Catholics among the Chinese community, with six or seven converts at the Easter Vigil last year and eight the year before.

Those who profess their faith arrive dressed in their ordinary clothes but don long white robes once their initiation is complete.

Many visitors from overseas joined locals for the Easter Vigil, while the music was provided by the Palestrina Choir and the Orchestra of St Cecelia.

Deirdre and her father Qiang Luo were accompanied by her godfather Ted Nugent for the service.

Irish Independent

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