I mentioned in a previous post that we had very little time to prepare for the Little Jedi’s christening. Mike and I both wanted to have it before Luke turns 1 month. That left us with two weeks to prepare a within-budget, modest and memorable event. It wasn’t a smooth road getting there but I think we managed to meet our goals. Ü
Church: Shrine of Jesus, The Way, Truth, Life
It wasn’t our initial church in mind. We were set to have the Little Jedi baptized in a nearby national shrine. We have been hearing mass there since we moved to Betterliving. When hubby inquired about it, he learned that one of their requirements is that the family should be part of their parish. I though we were, but apparently, the new place we have now isn’t part of the parish anymore. Bummer. And so the hunt for a church started.
Thanks to hubby’s skill in doing online research, we came across several blogs about baptisms held at the Magallanes church. It was perfect! It had a beautiful baptistry, the area was ideal, they do not require all the Ninong and Ninangs to attend a seminar, and the rate was fair. Just one problem, since we live in Parañaque we had to ask for a permission from our parish. It was the mandate of the Archbishop in Parañaque.
We went to our parish church and we were already considering to have the Luke baptized there. However, we learned that they are requiring all the Ninongs and Ninangs to attend a seminar. That is not possible since some of the godparents are still abroad. It was also a little too far for some of our guests especially those who live in Cavite and even as far as Fairview and Caloocan. We requested for a permission to allow us to have our son baptized in a different church but they refused. We had to talk to the parish priest who would be free after two weeks. Now we were starting to get frustrated.
Convinced to have Lucas baptized before he turns one month, we continued the preparation even id we were only left with a week. We found a venue but we cannot book the date yet because we couldn’t find a church. All other churches are asking for the parish permit. Argh.
Finally, we learned that The Shrine of Jesus: The Way, Truth, Life does not require parish permit and they had free slots for the date we planned to have the baptism. It was really a blessing because the reception venue was just across the church, in MOA. And so I immediately booked a slot for us.
- They have a baptistry too. One of my inaanak was baptized here also.
- They only allowed the godparents aside from the parents inside the baptistry. It was a solemn ceremony.
- They provided candles and a white cloth for the baptism. They also provided the christening rites booklet for the godparents and parents.
- They only allowed the godparents aside from the parents inside the baptistry. Of course our guests wanted to be part of the ceremonies. Even grandparents were not allowed inside. They were however, allowed to come inside the baptistry after the ceremony for photo op.
- I think it was a little expensive.
There were hits and misses in my expectations and as I have mentioned, hunting for the church wasn’t easy. I have to be honest that I became really frustrated. But at the end of the day, we were able to have our baby boy baptized before he turned 1 month and that was most important. All else matters little. Ü