Eva Parker Krupinski received four Sacraments in seven days. She was baptized, confirmed and received First Holy Communion at the Easter Vigil. The following Saturday, April 22, she and her fiancé, Michael Krupinski, were joined as husband and wife in the Sacrament of Matrimony.
A native of Bucks County, Pa., Parker Krupinski said she had attended several Christian churches with her parents while growing up. But it was through Michael’s family that she found her way to Corpus Christi Parish, Willingboro, where she prepared to receive the Sacraments of Initiation by joining the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and where she and Michael prepared for marriage.
“I have had several influences that led me to want to become Catholic,” Parker Krupinski said, namely her now-deceased mother.
“I saw upfront how her faith helped her through her battle with cancer all the way to the last day,” she said.
Her future mother and-father-in-law, George and Grace Craft, “also have been a huge influence,” she said.
“I have seen how Catholic faith can strengthen a relationship, and Michael and I want to raise our future family that way,” said Parker Krupinski.
Of her R.C.I.A. journey, Parker Krupinski said she gained a “deeper understanding of the Catholic religion from start to finish.”
“It was nice to hear experiences from others on how the Catholic faith has influenced and strengthened their lives,” said Parker Krupinski, noting that she took Elizabeth for her Confirmation name.
“That was my mother’s name, and I also knew that Elizabeth was a very important person, in that she was the mother of St. John the Baptist,” she said.
Through further research, Parker Krupinski was heartened to learn that St. Elizabeth is also the “patron saint of fertility” and will be a saint to whom she and her husband will pray and seek intercession in their desire to have children.