The number of baptisms performed thus far in calendar 2018 totals 36. This follows upon an equally bountiful year (of 42) in calendar 2017. And four more are already planned for 2019. AND—I personally know of the “blessings” already growing in the wombs of more mothers-to-be!
When I became the shepherd at Ascension in 2014, I received a report suggesting that the prior YEARS’ average for baptisms at the parish was somewhat south of 25. And that the number of funerals was growing steadily and likely to overrun the number of baptisms in short order. As a stats guy, I took notice.
Hah! The Holy Spirit always has the final say.