In much of Latin America, and especially Mexico, children are presented in church when they turn three years old. This custom dates back hundreds of years. When infant mortality was high, it was an occasion to give thanks to God for the safety and health of the child. It became associated with the Gospel account of the presentation of Jesus in the Temple and also with a traditional account of the Virgin Mary being carried to the temple at the age of three by Saint Ann and Saint Joaquin, where she was initiated into a life of faith and service.
Over time these various social and religious meanings intermingled, giving shape to a deeply rooted and accepted tradition. We celebrate it at St. John XXIII as a renewed dedication of a child’s life to God and a reminder of the continued commitment of the parents and godparents to protect and guide the child in a life of faith.
To arrange this blessing, please contact Yolanda Salgado at 847.864.1185 x295, or call the parish office, at least two weeks ahead of your desired date.