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It is a sacrament of regeneration to the life of grace, which makes one a child of God in Jesus Christ and members of his body the church; it is the primary sacrament and only after reception of baptism other sacraments could be validly received (CIC, c.849). At the sins of the past and is bestowed to a life of grace, and he enables to live a life in Christ.
Proof of one’s baptism is therefore very important so that this personality in the Church is recognized.
Preparation for Baptism:
Requirements for Baptism:
For reasons of practicality and convenience, it is recommended that the document listed below be required from the parents to establish the consistency of record between the legal and ecclesial documents hence avoiding possible discrepancies.
For Adult Baptism:
CATECHETICAL AGE FOR BAPTISM - 7 years old (age of reason)
Clarification of the Terms “Adult” and “Infant”
§1 The prescripts of the canons on adult baptism are to applied to all who, no longer infants, have attained the use of reason.
§2 A person who is not responsible for oneself (non sui compos) is also regarded as an infant with respect to baptism.
Note: When candidates for adult baptism are children of catechetical age, the requirement of knowledge of the faith must be adapted to their age, as well as to their culture, background, and environment.
§1 For an adult to be baptized, the person must have manifested the intention to receive baptism, have been instructed sufficiently about the truths of faith and Christian obligation, and have been tested in the Christian life through the catechumenate. The adult is also to be urged to have sorrow for personal sins.
§2 An Adult in danger of death can be baptized if, having some knowledge of the principal truths of the faith, the person has manifested in any way at all the intention to receive baptism and promises to observe the commandments of the Christian obligation.
Kindly approach the parish office for assistance and be guided accordingly.
PROCEDURES FOR CONVERSION (with valid baptism which could not be repeated)
The following Churches in the Philippines administer a valid baptism:
a. Lutheran Church in the Philippines (LCP)
b. Philippine Episcopal Church (PEC)
c. United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP)
d. Iglesia Evangelica Metodista en las Islas Filipinas (IEMELIF)
e. United Methodist Church in the Philippines (UMCP)
f. Convention of the Philippine Baptist Churches (CPBC)
g. Presbyterian Church of the Philippines
h. Seventh Day Adventist Church in the Philippines
The baptism administered by these Churches is to be considered valid and is not to be repeated even conditionally. The official baptismal certificate should be enough proof of its validity.
The validity of baptism administered by the various Aglipayan groups (Philippine Independent Church or Iglesia Filipina Independiente) is particularly difficult one and has to be examined individually. The official Rite of Baptism of the Philippine Independent Church is in itself valid. However, the practical implementation of its baptismal liturgy is not universally certain.
SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
It is the sacrament of initiation that corroborates and increases the grace of baptism in the faithful, enriches them with the seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit, ties them more perfectly to the church and gives them the strength give witness to spread the faith through their life and word (879; CCC1286 ff) conferred on a person who has the use of reason properly disposed and is instructed and able to renew baptismal promise (CIC, c. 889 §1).
Preparation for Confirmation:
Note: The church will not ever accept a candidate if the baptismal certificate is not available.
SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE
Canons on the nature of marriage:
§ 1. The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole life and which is ordered by its nature to the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of off-spring, has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament between the baptized.
§ 2. For this reason, a valid matrimonial contract exists between the baptized without it being by fact a sacrament.
The essential properties of marriage of are unity and indissolubility, which in Christian Marriage obtain a special firmness by reason of the sacrament.
§ 1 The consent of the parties, legitimately manifested between persons qualified by law, makes marriage; no human power is able to supply this consent
§ 2 The matrimonial consent is an act of the will by which a man and a woman mutually give and accept each other through an irrevocable covenant in order to establish marriage.
Preparation are as follows:
RESERVATION REQUIREMENTS AT THE PARISH OF PLACE OF MARRIAGE
Conditions that need Chancery Clearance
Basic Requirements for Marriage
A. Proof of identity
1. Birth Certificate
B. Proof of freedom to Marry:
1. Baptismal Certificate
2. Confirmation Certificate
3. Publication of the banns
5. Marriage License
6. Civil Marriage Certificate
REQUIREMENTS FOR DECLARATION OF NULLITY OF CHURCH MARRIAGE
Q: Where do I go to get a declaration of nullity of my church marriage?
A: Please contact any of the diocesan tribunal most applicable to you:
a) the tribunal of the place in which the marriage was celebrated;
b) the tribunal of the place in which either or both parties have a domicile or a quasi-domicile; c) the tribunal of the place in which in fact most of the proofs must be collected. (MITIS IUDEX Can. 1672, 1°, 2° and 3°) E.g.
If your marriage was solemnized in any of the parishes within the Diocese of Cubao or if you have a residence within the jurisdiction of this Diocese, then you may file in the Diocesan Tribunal of First Instance of the Diocese of Cubao). Please contact us. Please link to the Directory available in our website.
Q: What are the basic requirements when filing a Petition for the Declaration of Nullity of Church Marriage?
A: Official church & civil documents to prove the celebration of the church marriage, Official church documents to prove the baptism or non-baptism of the parties in the Catholic church, Official civil documents to prove the identities of the parties, and Proofs/ evidences to support the ground/s for nullity and other pertinent documents to strengthen the case.
Q: I had a church marriage and the same marriage has already been rendered null and void by the civil court. In order to enter a new marriage in the Church, why do I still need to file a declaration of nullity of this marriage by the Church?
A: The Church has its Canon Law which protects and upholds the sanctity of marriage. Although the marriage has already been declared null by the civil court, the same marriage remains to be valid unless proven and declared null and void by a competent authority in the Church, which is the Tribunal. (Can. 1671 Art. 1) Likewise, a person bound by the bond of a prior marriage, even if it was not consummated, invalidly attempts marriage. (Can. 1085 §1)
With Discrepancy on Sacramental Records such as Baptism, Confirmation or Marriage:
PARTIAL CHANGE/S REGARDING CANONICAL RECORDS (Baptism & Confirmation & Marriage)
The Chancery of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cubao is the Secretariat of the Bishop’s Office. One of its functions is to authorize changes or corrections in the registers of baptism, confirmation and other related documents falling within the competence of the Chancellor.
It is our diocesan policy that at parish level, changes in any of the entries in the canonical records are not allowed.
Changes could only be done with the permission of the bishop of the diocese or his delegate. In order to get the approval or permission from the bishop, the diocese had established a standard procedure. Please refer below for the procedure.
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