[quote="tsteeves, post:1, topic:183204"]
Good afternoon everyone.
I have just returned to the church after not attending for about 18 years. My husband and I have four children. Our oldest was Christened, but our yougest (three boys) have not. They are aged 15, 8,and 7.
I was just wondering if there is anything different that is done for older baptisms. The two youngest are enrolled in catechism classes. I am anxioux to have this done soon, as our 8 year old is due to have his first communion in May.What about our 15yo, he hasn't had his first communion or his confirmation eithier.
I am also wondering what would be appropriate for them to wear. I doubt I could get any of them to wear a Christening dress, lol ;) I was thinking of white jeans and white dress shirts. I'm sure anything would be appropriate considering their age. I just wanted them to wear something that will stand out.
I would appreciate anyt thought or comments.
The 15 year old is an adult as defined by the Church. He will have to go through RCIA and he has to want to be baptized. He'd be baptized at the Easter Vigil at which time he would also be confirmed and receive Communion.
The 7 & 8 year olds could go either way, but depending on the parish might be made to be go through RCIA. The 8 year old can definitely not receive Communion until he's baptized. Have you talked to your pastor about that??
When we baptize children who aren't chronologically infants (as opposed to infants as defined by the Church) we ask them not to dress in white and when "The Presentation of the White Garment" is done, we dress them in an alb. Now, that's our parish's way of doing it. Other parishes may have other ideas. Your sons may not want to wear a white outfit but may be perfectly OK with donning the alb for the rest of Mass.