Yesterday afternoon I travelled to Otford, near Sevenoaks, for the baptism of baby Alice; youngest daughter of Deacon Roy Cavey and his wife, Beverley. The family normally worship at St. Anselm in Pembury, where Dcn. Roy is part of the clergy team.
Deacon Roy was born and raised in the villages around Sevenoaks where he and much of his extended family still live. Holding the service in Otford made sense then as it made it easy for family to attend. We were grateful to Fr. David Gibbons, parish priest of Sevenoaks, for letting us use the church for the baptism ceremony which was held according to the Ordinariate Rite. Alice being its newest member!
After the baptism, at which Deacon Robert preached and I celebrated, we were treated to a delicious spread of tea and cakes. Centrepiece was the wonderful baptism cake which was, I can assure you, delicious. Alice’s older sister grace is seen here sampling the first slice!
Our congratulation to the Caveys. Please pray for them and for all families raising children according to the faith. Our catholic families are the lifeblood and future hope for the church.