Frequently Asked Questions

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Parents are responsible for bringing their child to the Sacrament of Baptism as soon after birth as possible. Except in case of necessity, the church is the usual place of baptism.

Through Baptism, God enables us to participate in his life in Jesus Christ and makes us his children. It is through this sacrament that we receive the Holy Spirit and become members of the People of God, of the Body of Christ, which is the Church. Baptism becomes our commitment to grow in this new life and to strive to acquire spiritual maturity. By baptism, God purifies us from sin.

Baptism is the sacrament of faith which has the Risen Christ as its source, and it is the offer of salvation for all people. Intimately linked to Confirmation and to Eucharist, Baptism is, with these two sacraments, Christian Initiation. The child is baptized in the faith of their parents, godparents and of the Church.

In order that a child be baptized, it is necessary that the parents consent, or at least one of them, or someone legally standing in their place, and that there is reasonable hope that the child will be brought up in the Catholic Faith.

In order to respect your request for the baptism of your child, you are invited to follow closely the stages of preparation offered below:

a. Ideally, we would recommend that you have your child baptized at the parish church  that has jurisdiction over your residence. Contact your parish office and express your desire to have your child baptized. Introduce yourself to the parish priest if you do not already know him personally.
Open yourself to the invitation to actively join the faith community of your parish. If you are not registered parishioners, please consider becoming involved in the prayer and celebration of the Sunday Eucharistic community.

You will be asked to fill-out a form to schedule the date/time of the baptism. Have your child's birth certificate, and your marriage certificate ready.

c.  If you are a single parent, or married under civil rites, or in a common-law (live-in) relationship, you will be interviewed by the parish priest. NOTE THAT THE CHURCH WILL NEVER REFUSE TO BAPTIZE YOUR CHILD no matter what the circumstance is between you and your partner.

d. If you want your child baptized in another church that is not your home parish, your preferred church may require you to get an endorsement from your parish priest. Your preferred church will give you a list of documents you need to submit prior to the baptism.

e. While baptismal preparation varies from parish to parish, you will be invited to participate in some manner of faith formation prior to the baptism of your child. This may take the form of a meeting(s) with the parish priest, or his assistant, or participation in a baptismal preparation session for parents (usually given by the parish catechist). It is extremely important to take your faith-life seriously because, before God, you have taken on an awesome responsibility for the salvation of another—your own child! Your commitment and openness to baptismal preparation will help develop the faith-life of your child as they mature.

f. Baptismal Fees: These days, most parishes will just ask for donations. BUT it is best to check with your parish office regarding this. 

g. Candles, Dress Codes:  Check with the parish office if candles are available on the day of the baptism, or if you need to bring your own. There is no special dress or baptismal gown required to be worn by your child. But you do need an all-white clothing for the child, and a white cap or mini veil. Check with the parish office if this may be provided if you don't have one.

h. GODPARENTS: Ideally, a person may only have one or two godparents (also called sponsors); if two are chosen, they must be male and female. (Check with the parish office if there is a limit to the number of godparents you may get for your child.)

In order for someone to be eligible as a godparent they must be chosen by the parents, have the ability and the intention to fulfill the role, be at least 16 years of age, and be a confirmed Roman Catholic, who has already received the Most Holy Eucharist, is leading a life in harmony with the Catholic Faith (including Marriage) and will be a good role model for the one being baptized, and be neither the father nor the mother of the child.

A baptized person who belongs to another Christian community may be admitted only as a “Christian witness” (not a godparent) provided that there is at least one Roman Catholic godparent who fulfills the above criteria. A non-baptized person cannot be a witness (Code of Canon Law, cc. 872-874; Catechism of the Catholic Church 1255).

Here are the GUIDELINES for ADULT BAPTISM:

1. The candidate(s) for adult baptism will have their initial interview in the parish office.
2. Secure a checklist of required documents needed for the baptism, and submit them to the parish. The parish secretary will check the documents submitted by the candidate(s).
3. The parish office will endorse the preparation and catechesis of the candidate(s) to the catechist.
4. The catechist will give a series of catechesis to the candidate(s).  The duration of the schedule of catechesis will depend on the capability of the candidate(s).  The profile of the candidate(s)       must be considered; the educational attainment, the level of understanding, etc.
5. If the candidate(s) is ready to receive the sacraments of Christian initiation, the catechist will endorse the signed documents stating that the candidate(s) is ready to receive the sacraments of     Christian initiation in the parish office.
6. The catechist will catechize the sponsor(s) of the candidate(s) for the sacraments of Christian initiation.
7. The parish secretary will schedule the availability of the parish priest for the celebration of the sacraments of adult baptism and confirmation of the candidate(s).
8. In the celebration of the sacraments of adult baptism and confirmation, the candidate(s) will be encouraged to wear decent garment of any color except white.    
9. Sponsor(s) will be highly encouraged to wear decent clothes in the celebration of the sacraments of baptism and confirmation.
10. The catechist will assist the candidate(s) and the sponsor in the celebration of the sacraments of baptism and confirmation. (practice well and encourage active participation in gestures,              spoken & sung responses in the celebration of the sacraments)
11. First Communion will follow the nearest possible schedule of the community mass in the parish.  First communicant must be visible to the liturgical assembly.
a. The candidate(s) for first communion will be advised to wear decent white garment (blouse and skirt or dress for women; polo shirt or polo for men)
12. Ideally, post catechesis after receiving the sacraments of Christian initiation will be scheduled for follow up.

 

*** For further inquiries or clarifications, please get in touch with your parish office secretary. Thank you. ***

Source: (Prepared by) The Catechetical Ministry of The Immaculate Conception Cathedral of Cubao

RITE OF RECEPTION INTO FULL COMMUNION

1. The candidate(s) for the Rite of Reception into full communion will have their initial interview in the parish office.
2. Get a checklist of the documents required to be submitted to the parish. The parish secretary will check the documents submitted by the candidate(s). 
3. The parish office will endorse the preparation and catechesis of the candidate(s) to the catechist.
4. The catechist will give series of catechesis to the candidate(s).  The duration of the schedule of catechesis will depend on the capability of the candidate(s).  The profile of the can didate(s)must be considered; the educational attainment, the level of understanding, etc.
5. If the candidate(s) is ready to receive the Rite of Reception into full communion, the catechist will endorse the signed documents stating that the candidate(s) is ready to receive the Rite of Reception into full communion in the parish office.
6. The catechist will schedule the Rite of Reception into full communion based on the nearest possible schedule of the celebration of the sacrament of confirmation in the parish or in another parish.
7. The candidate(s) will receive confession for the first time.
8. The catechist will coordinate with the mass presider that there will be candidate(s) for  rite of reception into full communion.  The profession of faith will take place right after the homily.
9. The candidate(s) for the Rite of reception into full communion will receive his(her) first communion.  First communicant must be visible to the liturgical assembly.
10. The candidate(s) for first communion will be advised to wear decent white clothing (blouse and skirt or dress for women; polo shirt or polo for men)
11. In the celebration of the sacrament of confirmation, the candidate(s) will be encouraged to wear decent clothing.
12. Sponsor(s) are highly encouraged to wear decent clothes in the celebration of the sacraments of baptism and confirmation.
13. The catechist will assist the candidate(s) and the sponsor in the celebration of the sacraments of confirmation. (Practice well, and encourage active participation in the gestures, spoken and sung responses in the celebration of the sacraments)
14. Ideally, post-catechesis after receiving the sacraments of Christian initiation will be scheduled for follow up.

Source: (Prepared by) The Catechetical Ministry of The Immaculate Conception Cathedral of Cubao

1. The parish will ask you to fill-out a form. Accomplish it and submit it to the parish secretary for registration. Fees may be involved, but usually donations are accepted. Please double check this with the parish church where your child will be confirmed.

2. Have a copy of the baptismal certificate of your child ready for submission. 

For Children:
He/She must be 12 years old and above.
Newly issued Baptismal Certificate with an annotation of "For Confirmation Purpose" (Have the original, and a photocopy ready).

For Marriage Purposes:
Newly issued Baptismal Certificate with an annotation of "For Marriage Purpose". (Have the original and photocopy ready.

3. The parish requires that the child, and the parent/s, attend a seminar/catechesis on Confirmation. The parish will advise you on the schedule of these seminars.

4. For the purposes of marriage, candidates for confirmation are also required to attend catechesis. 

*** For more information and/or clarifications, please get in touch with your parish secretary. ***

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*** Requirements may vary, for instance, (1) if both parties are Catholic; (2) either the bride or the groom is Catholic, the other is not; (3) either the bride or the groom is in the Philippines, the other abroad; (4) the couple is both abroad and wishes to have a Church wedding in the Philippines; (5) the couple has had a Civil wedding, and wishes to have a Church wedding.

*** For a list of the specific requirements and documents, please do get in touch with the parish office secretary in the Church where you want to have the wedding ceremony, or email the Chancery Office of the Diocese of Cubao at <chancery@dioceseofcubao.ph>

Below are the usual requirements that will be asked of you:

1. Baptismal and Confirmation Certificates:  Secure NEW copies which should  have an annotation: “FOR MARRIAGE PURPOSES ONLY”. These documents must  be secured not more than three (3) months before the date of marriage.  

2. Marriage License:  Secure this from the city or municipality hall where either the bride or the groom currently lives. 

3. For those who are civilly married, a certified true photocopy of the Marriage Contract with the registry number of the city or town where the marriage was performed must be submitted.

3. Canonical Interview:  This interview with the bride and the groom will be scheduled with the parish office, and will be conducted by the parish priest or parish assistant. 

4. Pre-CANA Seminar: Both the bride and the groom have to attend this. The parish office will give you the schedules for this seminar.

5. Permission from the couples’ parish, if getting married in another parish church. A permit from the parish of the bride and the groom must be secured and presented to the parish office of the couple’s chosen ceremony venue. The form will be provided by the parish office of your chosen church.  

6. Marriage Banns: These will be provided during the canonical interview, or may be secured from the parish office of your chosen church.

7. Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR) – This is a document proving that both parties have not been previously married, . It is secured from the National Statistics Office.

Please get in touch with the staff at the Tribunal of First Instance of the Diocese of Cubao, located at the 4th Floor of the Obispado de Cubao Building, 41 Lantana Street Brgy. Immaculate Conception, Cubao Quezon. You may also email them at <tribunal@dioceseofcubao.ph>, or call them at  +632 244 2490

If you have a priest-friend, one you really trust, he is the first person you may talk with regarding your discernment. He is the best person who can enlighten you and give you advice, since he already knows you personally.

Or you may directly get in touch with the Vocation Director of the Diocese of Cubao:

Rev. Fr. Gilberto Fortunato Dumlao 
Parish Priest
Sto. Nino Parish Shrine
Bukidnon, Bago Bantay, Quezon City | +632 9294527

Please get in touch with the Chancery office of the Diocese of Cubao, located at the 4th Floor of the Obispado de Cubao Building, 41 Lantana Street Brgy. Immaculate Conception, Cubao, Quezon City.

Email: <chancery@dioceseofcubao.ph

Phone number; 7235116-17 ext.111

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