I’ve blogged on this topic a number of times, since before Pope Francis has been speaking of it–which has been from his first year as pope. (I suspect it was a notion for him when he was a bishop and prior to that, most likely.)
One parish school with which I was associated made baptism anniversaries more of a focus than student birthdays. I hope they still do it, several administrations later.
In our family, my wife and I each came into Catholicism by personal intention, so those sacramental anniversaries are remembered, observed, and of great importance to us. The young miss was five when she was baptized. That anniversary is observed along with her birthday and Adoption Day.
When ordinary Catholics begin observing baptism as more than a vague parental memory of an infant’s event, then we might be making movement toward a more intentional living of the Gospel. Baptism anniversaries can be marked in any number of ways:
- the family goes to Mass
- the family enjoys a special meal at home or out
- presents aren’t inappropriate
- neither would performing some act of service
It takes some imagination.