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    Default Catholics: is it a Christening or a Baptism?

    I need some quick help here. I ordered a personalized embroidered bib and blanket for my goddaughter. For the wording I had to choose Christening or Baptism. I went with Christening, but now I'm wondering if I chose the wrong wording? I did a google search and it seems there is no difference between the two, I just need to know what it is referred to in the Catholic church. TIA!

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    I was raised Catholic and it was always called a Baptism in my circle.

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    Crap. I hope it's not too late to have it changed. Thanks ladies!

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    Hm. I was raised Catholic, and we call it a Christening!

    eta: Okay, my family is weird. The actual ceremony is the "baptism"...the party afterward is referred to as a Christening. 1/2 my family is Catholic and 1/2 isn't - maybe that is way we mix the two?
    Last edited by BethIrish; 08-26-2006 at 02:57 PM.

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    It's technically a baptism although many people call it a Christening. Christenings are only blessings, at baptisms, well, they get baptised!
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    I'm not Catholic (my DH is) and it's a baptism. My great Uncle is also a monsignor (though, he's retired now). It's the only time that Catholics are baptized.

    Other religions seem to use the words christening or baby dedication because they allow the child to choose to be baptized when they are old enough to choose for themselves.
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    Definitely a baptism.
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    Baptism.

    A Christening is the official naming ceremony.

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    I was able to get it changed in time. phew! Thanks again!

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