The parish requires sacramental preparations including initial interview with the parents of the candidate, or the candidate himself/herself in cases of adult baptism, baptismal preparation class (Pre-Jordan Seminar) for parents and godparents on Sundays 10:00am to 12:00nn. Non-parishioners of St. Alphonsus are to present a permission letter from their parish priest.
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
- Both parents are required before scheduling your preferred date of baptism on orientation with our priest. You must confirm your slot three (3) days before your audience with our Priest.
- Original & photo copy of BIRTH CERTIFICATE (to ascertain the correct name of child)
- Original & photo copy of Parent’s MARRIAGE CONTRACT (to ascertain parent’s name)
- Canon Law (837) only allows a recording of 1 pair of GODPARENTS (Main Sponsors in the Book of Baptism). Others will be regarded as secondary SPONSORS. Using the CHURCH FORM, please submit their complete names to the office.
- See REQUIREMENTS in choosing GODPARENTS (2nd Parents) for your child (Letter C)
- Both PARENTS (with their child if 7 years old & above) must attend the BAPTISMAL Seminar done every Saturday (2:00pm to 4:00pm). Inform our office if parents recently underwent catechism classes from previous baptismal preparations, they will just be refreshed during the Orientation/Inquiry stage. Let us not be LATE for the seminar.
- While the Church provides a SPECIAL BAPTISMAL CANDLE for the parents, the parents of the child must provide candles (with drip guard please) for the Godparents and sponsors.
- If you’re living outside the Parish of St. Alphonsus, kindly ask permission letter from your designated Parish Priest allowing your child to be baptized here in our parish.
- Audience with the Priest is required before scheduling your preferred date of baptism.
B. SCHEDULE OF BAPTISM. (See Parish Office for your preferred time & facility to be used)
On Saturdays: 9am/9:45am/10:30am & 11:15am
On Sundays: 2pm/2:30pm/3pm & 3:30pm
C. Requirements for being a Godparent, Sponsor & Witness (Guide for Lay Catholic Faithful According to the 1983 Code of Canon Law, Fr. Excelso Garcia, OP, Chap. 4 #411) The ancient Church custom shows the need for Godparents when preparing the child for baptism and afterwards, to help the baptized profess their faith & show how they should persevere. In the 1967 Directory on Ecumenism, Godparents have the responsibility for the child’s Christian upbringing, to be the guarantor/guardian of their faith, & to represent the “Community of Faith” in showing how to practice the Gospel in their lives as Christian witnesses. Therefore,
- Godparents are designated by the person to be baptized, or by the parents/guardian. The Parish Priest can also designate someone fit (Canon 847.1). The Godparents must have the ability and intention to carry out their duty of supporting their Godchild.
- Must be 16 yrs. old & above unless there is a just cause (Canon 874.2).
- Must be Catholic, have received the Sacrament of Confirmation & the Eucharist. A Non-Catholic CANNOT BE A GODPARENT but can only serve as a WITNESS (Canon 874.2).
- Not bound by any imposed or declared canonical penalty (Canon 874.1.4).
- Is not the Father or Mother of the one to be baptized (Canon 874.5).
D. BAPTISM validly accepted by the Catholic Church (RCAM Circular No. 98-11, 2/2/1998):
- The following churches in the Philippines administer Valid Baptism:
- LUTHERAN CHURCH IN THE PHILS. (LCP)
- PHILIPPINE EPISCOPAL CHURCH (PEC)
- UNITED CHURCH OF CHIRST IN THE PHILS. (UCCP)
- IGLSESIA EVANGELICA METODISTA ENLAS ISLAS FILIPINAS (IEMELIF)
- UNITED METHODIST CHURCH IN THE PHILS (UMCP)
- CONVENTION OF PHILIPPINE BAPTIST CHURCHES (CPBC)
- PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
- 7TH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH
- The Philippine Independent Church (PIC) has been recognized by the courts in 1955 as the official “Aglipayan” Church among 14 other churches. If baptism was conferred after 1960 by a minister trained at the St. Andrew’s Seminary (Episcopalian), their use of the Trinitarian Formula makes their baptism VALID.