Perhaps it's something in the waters but we have an unusually high number of baptisms this year at the Holy Ghost parish. Balham has long been known as Nappy Valley because it has a high birthrate and, I'm told, the highest density of under tens in western Europe. By the end of the week we will have baptised the largest number of children at this point in the year since 1972 - more than a quarter of a century ago. It's great although I wonder what will happen in four years time. Our parish school is oversubscribed and even combined with our new independent Catholic school there won't be enough places for practising Catholic children.
This is one of the reasons it is so important for us to offer classes for children not attending Catholic schools - what in the parish we have come to call catechesis from the cradle to the grave.
It's good. And it sure keeps us on our toes!